Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Heat Pumps

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Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Heat Pumps


How Long Will a Heat Pump Last (On Average)?

This number varies depending on how much the system is used and how regularly it is maintained/ serviced. Generally, the average life-span of units is about 15 years, but individual units may vary and last much longer depending on use and how well they are maintained. An ARI survey showed average heat pump life to be about 14 years when recommended maintenance procedures were followed. Newer units are expected to last even longer.


How do I know when it’s time to replace my Heat Pump?

The obvious answer would be when the system starts giving you more problems than seem cost-effective to fix. If the unit is approaching 10 years in age and major components such as the reversing valve , compressor, accumulator or outdoor coil goes bad, it might makes sense to replace instead of fix. When faced with major repairs, Younits.com can help you make the correct choice for your application. Replacing a compressor is somewhat less expensive than replacing the entire unit, but new units may give you greater efficiency, lower operating costs and a brand new warranty on the whole unit, not just the part to be replaced.


My present Heat Pump does not keep us comfortable. Should I replace it with a larger one?

This answer is completely dependent on your situation. If you already have a system in place this means that the ductwork is already sized for the heat pump itself. So a larger heat pump would need larger ductwork to properly and efficiently operate. The problem may be due to undersized ductwork, poor system design or installation. You may need ductwork modifications, a heat load calculation, or possibly an energy audit to find the problem areas and correct them.

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