When the time finally comes to decide between repairing your old heat pump or going ahead with a replacement system, it can be one of the most difficult decisions that you have to make because it always seems to happen at the worst possible time. A surprise break down can put you in the worst predicament, making the decision between the heat pump repairs or a replacement system a matter of pressure rather than one which was well planned.
Our HVAC specialists at Frederick Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning wanted to share a few tips with you that we often share with our customers here in Wichita, KS when they need to make similar decisions about their heating and air conditioning equipment. Here is what we suggest to consider when making a decision between heat pump repairs or replacing the largest appliances in your home.
Continuing With Heat Pump Repairs
Heat pump repairs can simply prolong the inevitable if the equipment is aging and it's only a matter of a short time between something else going wrong. If the heat pump repairs are going to exceed more than half of the original cost of the equipment, then you should consider replacing the equipment. An older system that is breaking down now will likely continue to breakdown, meaning additional emergency calls and repair fees. Even after putting money into your system again and again, it still won't be as energy efficient as a new system.
Replacing The Heat Pump
A new heat pump installation can often pay for itself. How? A heating and air conditioning system just 5-6 years old is vastly inefficient compared to today's energy efficiency standards. Advances in technology can save you from 20-40% off of your heating and cooling bill, depending on the equipment you purchase. This is why some homeowners move forward with installing a new system because it can actually pay for itself over time. If you don't have a plan in place for a new system, ask your heating and air conditioning professional if they can connect you with financing.
As your heat pump ages, the warranty period may expire, leaving you no choice but to pay for the heat pump repairs on the majore parts of the system. The major parts are the most expensive to replace, so make sure to consider this since your equipment is old. When you buy most systems today the warranty coverage can protect you from having to pay for failing parts over the next 5-10 years.
IAQ Considerations When Deciding Between Heat Pump Repairs or a Replacement
If you were to have your indoor air quality analyzed, you might find that the indoor air is full of mostly invisible gases and pollution particles. This can include many different contaminants that are related to the moisture created by an old heat pump.
As they age, they can start producing too much condensation inside the system which can cause mold and mildew. It may also contain things we often take for granted, such as cooking smoke and grease, VOCs, cigarette smoke, animal dander, bacteria, allergens, dirt, dust, viruses, and more.
People spend a lot of time inside their homes where the air pollution can be up to ten times greater than it is outside. Unfortunately, the bad air quality keeps getting circulated by the old heat pump which continues to generate more moisture.
All of these factors weighed together, may lead you to decide that rather than continuing with heat pump repairs, it's best to replace the system.