How Do You Know When Your Heat Pump Needs To Be Replaced?

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Before winter comes, it is vital to make sure your heating system is working properly. The last thing you want to do is wait until it is freezing outside to realize your heat pump isn't working. Heating pumps function by drawing in hot air directly from outside. It is one of the most energy and cost-efficient ways to heat your home. However, there are several things that you need to be aware of in the event it is time to replace your heat pump.

It's Time to Check the Warranty

The date on the warranty is going to tell you when you had the heat pump installed, which will tell you how old the heat pump is. If the heat pump is nearing 10 years old and some of the more expensive components including the compressor or the outdoor coil need repaired or replaced – it makes more sense to replace your heat pump, then to repair it. Most units are built to last 14 to 15 years. If your heat pump was installed more than 14 years ago, you should start considering a replacement even if nothing is broken yet.

It's Hot and Cold

There is nothing worse than waking up in a cold room and taking a shower in a hot bathroom. Uneven room temperatures is usually a sign that your heating pump needs to be retired. When a room is hotter or colder than another that means that your heating pump is not distributing air evenly.

You Can't Hear the TV

If you are in your living room, and you can hear the heat pump over your television, it may be time to replace it. A noisy heat pump tells us that it is struggling to draw and release air. If that is the case, be sure to check the following:

It's a Little Damp and Expensive

Humidity in the home, especially in the basements and attics, could mean there is a malfunction. Be sure to regularly investigate for signs of humid conditions in your home as it can indicate a problem with the heat pump and the ventilation system. Increased energy bills are also a sign that the heat pump and heating system is being overworked. Be on the lookout for higher energy costs, especially during the winter months. 

If you enjoy a warm home, be sure that your heat pump is operating well. Don't put off getting repair work done and remember to have it inspected by a professional every now and then for potential problems. 

For more information, contact a local company like Salem Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc.