It probably feels like it was just yesterday when you bought your first heat pump. It was all the rage in your neighborhood and now it’s been almost 10 years. Time really flies when you’re having fun, right?
For many of our customers, their heat pumps are about to reach their 10th or 11th birthdays. For others, it’s only year 5 but there have been a plethora of problems lately that have brought some frustrating results. Maybe the system doesn’t want to switch from heating to cooling more anymore, or perhaps it’s leaking refrigerant whenever you look away. These are bad, but they might not constitute the need for a replacement.
Here, we’ll give you the details on whether it’s time to replace your old system or invest in expert heat pump repair in Bristow, OK. Regardless of the solution you choose, we’ll be there beside you to do the work in a timely and professional manner.
Beyond the System’s Lifespan
If your heat pump has reached the 10th year of its life, or it’s getting beyond that, then we’re sorry to tell you that it’s reached the end of its lifespan. These systems last anywhere between 10-15 years, but beyond this is really reaching. These systems have a lot of moving parts, and we’re not just talking about one or two components breaking down by this point. Every component in a heat pump is designed to last about that long.
So, long story short, if your system is 10-15 years old, it’s running on borrowed time and you’d be better off getting a replacement in the future.
Frequent Repair Needs
Frequent repair needs are another big sign that your system is on its way out. A heat pump, just like a car, is going to need repairs every once in a while. But if you’re constantly calling for repairs and shelling out thousands of dollars a year on fixes, then you’re likely investing in a system that’s botched.
Unfortunately, this happens. And while we’d like to prevent botched installations, we can’t force customers to choose reputable professionals over amateurs, so these kinds of poor installations still happen.
If your system is constantly on the fritz or breaking down, replace it with a reliable one.
Leaking refrigerant is a problem that can arguably go both ways. Sometimes, if your system is constantly leaking refrigerant, it’s due to a broken compressor or multiple refrigerant line failures that might be better served with a system replacement. The compressor is the most expensive component, so it makes sense that a whole system replacement is a cost-effective approach.
But if your system just started leaking refrigerant and the source doesn’t seem too bad, then it’s fine to get this repaired by a pro.
A Broken Reversing Valve
A broken reversing valve is never a fun problem to have, but it’s usually good news because you probably don’t need to replace your system because of it. It’s an easy problem to fix from a professional point of view, so you should be in the clear after calling for repairs.
It’s easy to get stressed about HVAC repairs, but you can trust the diagnoses from JC Mechanical. It’s time to call the Wizard of Blizzard!