As the winter weather approaches, you want to ensure that your heat pump is in perfect shape to keep your Cape Charles, VA, home warm and comfortable. Heat pumps offer several years of reliable home comfort, but they break down or malfunction over the years, making them unreliable. Look at the following telltale signs your heat pump could be nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced.
High Utility Bills
You can expect higher energy bills at the peak of summer. If the utility bills are higher than usual, it could indicate that your heat pump is wasting energy. Regular HVAC maintenance helps to optimize energy efficiency and gives your technician the chance to look for potential repair issues before they become more extensive and costly.
If your heat pump isn’t keeping your home warm, then it’s almost certainly malfunctioning. When the heat pump can’t transfer heat effectively, it’s probably time to replace your equipment. A professional technician can inspect your system and help you understand your options moving forward. Depending on your specific situation, repairing the equipment could be a viable option but many times replacement is simply the more cost-effective option in the long term.
More Frequent Repairs
If you have to repair your heat pump more than one or two times in a single year, that’s a strong sign you could need a new one. If the repair costs are more than or close to half the cost of buying a new heat pump, that’s an even bigger sign that you need a new system. Invest in a new and more efficient heat pump to spare yourself high repair costs.
Strange Heat Pump Noises
Heat pumps make some noises during their operations, but the sounds shouldn’t be loud or unusual. Banging, squealing, or grinding noises from your heat pump are signs of faulty components and could signal that your system is nearing the end of its useful life. Hire a technician to diagnose the source of these strange noises and recommend an appropriate solution
If you experience any of these signs, it’s time to call for professional assistance. Call Absolute Comfort Heating & Cooling, Inc. for more information on when to replace heat pumps or to schedule an appointment.
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