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When to Replace Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps can last a fairly long time, if they are properly taken care of. However, no matter how well you treat your heat pump, you will eventually need a new one. What’s important is that you be able to properly identify when your heat pump is reaching the end of its life. If the system can’t get you through another summer, you’re going to want to replace it before the truly hot weather hits. That is, unless you enjoy suddenly being without cooling during a record-breaking heat wave. Let’s take a look at some signs that you need to replace your heat pump.

Monthly Bills

As a heat pump gets older and wears out, it will steadily lose efficiency. In order to compensate for this efficiency loss, the system will be forced to stay on for longer and longer periods of time. Eventually, this will be reflected in your monthly bills. If your heat pump seems to be costing more and more money to operate, for no apparent reason, then you probably need a new one.


You’re going to have to repair your heat pump every once in a while. It’s just a fact of life. Older heat pumps have far more accumulated wear and tear on them, though, which means that they will break down far more often. If you need to repair your heat pump multiple times a year, you should just replace it instead.


Once a heat pump gets older than 15 years, it starts to develop problems like those listed above. Keeping an older heat pump in good condition is an ever-more-expensive proposition, and far less efficient than simply installing a new one. If your heat pump is past 15 years of age, talk to a professional about whether or not you need a new one.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers heat pump installation services throughout Bethesda, MD.