Heat Pumps don’t last forever. In fact, the average life expectancy of a heat pump unit is about 10 to 15 years, with regular maintenance. Whether you’ve recently moved into an older home or have had the same unit for more than 10 years, it is possibly nearing the end of its life span. If you think you may need a new heat pump for your Houston home, here’s a few signs to look for.
Constant Repair Bills
One of the most telltale signs of a failing heat pump is constant repairs. This doesn’t include annual maintenance, but rather repeated repair bills for the same part of the unit or a different part each time. At some point, these bills can add up, and purchasing a new air conditioner actually becomes a more fiscally responsible decision.
Although it’s important for your home’s air quality to have about 40 percent relative humidity, more than that could be a sign of a failing heat pump. This means your air conditioner isn’t properly cooling the air, and withdrawing the humidity that could lead to more menacing problems such as mold and dust mites.
High Utility Bills
The No. 1 sign of a failing heat pump is high energy bills, regardless of how much you use the unit. This means your HVAC system is running constantly, but without providing the cooling power it once did. While this sometimes is the result of leaks in the ductwork or the need for additional refrigerant, it’s more often the aftermath of a poorly functioning heat pump.
Like many other mechanical machines, excessive noise is a sign the heat pump isn’t working properly. There’s also a chance your ductwork isn’t compatible with the current system. In this case, getting a new heat pump is actually more cost-effective than replacing the actual ductwork.
Buying a new heat pump is an important financial decision. If you find your heat pump is suffering from any of these symptoms, call the professionals at Davis AC today. They’ll diagnose any problems and provide great advice to the correct course of action. Contact them today at 888-710-5530.
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