One of the great benefits to having a heat pump system is the fact that it both heats and cools your home, thereby eliminating the need to have multiple systems to heat your home during the winter and cool your home during the warm summer months. However, whenever your HVAC system starts to lose its functionality, it can be daunting to figure out what to do next.

Should you simply hire a repairman to come and fix it or should you spend the extra money to completely replace it?When Should You Replace Your Heat Pump?

Hiring a repairman to fix any malfunctions within your heat pump system may actually be the best solution depending upon the age of the heat pump. Heat pumps are typically designed to last anywhere from 12 to 15 years before needing replacement. If yours is younger than that, you may not even need to replace it yet; however, if it’s 10 years old or more, it may be worth looking into a replacement. Repair costs can really mount up over time – costing anywhere from $200 to $350 – and therefore hurt your pocketbook in the long run.

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Replacing a new heat pump system can cost as much as $5,000, so it’s understandable why that may not be the most desirable option upfront. That said, an updated heat pump is designed to give you the most energy-efficient method of cooling and heating your home. Constantly repairing your old heat pump, as well as paying higher utility costs due to its increased inefficiency, will end up costing you more money down the road and end up forcing you to replace it anyway.

Aside from the age of the system, another way to determine whether or not replacing the heat pump is a viable option is through its SEER score, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. This score is typically located on the side of your heat pump and functions as a way of showing you how efficient your heat pump is at doing its job. The higher the SEER score is, the more efficient your heat pump and vice versa. You want the SEER to be at a 13 or higher.

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If you’re unsure whether or not to replace your heat pump and which one to buy, consult with the professionals at Three Rivers Heating to find the best solution for you. As summer quickly approaches, now is the best time to make sure you transition through it comfortably in your home!

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