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When to Replace Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps have lifespans comparable to air conditioners and furnaces. If you take good care of yours, you can probably get it to last a couple of decades easily. Eventually, though, you’re going to need a new one. It’s a good idea to be able to tell when your current heat pump is approaching the end of its life; you’re going to want to replace it before it breaks down completely. Otherwise, you may find yourself without a heating system in the middle of winter. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need a new heat pump.

Higher Bills

Older systems have quite a bit of wear and tear on them, so much so that they will start to experience a continuous drop in efficiency the older they get. In order to make up for this loss of efficiency, the system will have to stay on for longer and longer periods of time in order to achieve the same temperature changes. This will lead to higher heating bills. If your heat pump is costing more and more to operate, it may be that you need to replace it.


A heat pump needs repairs about as much as any other system under normal circumstances: maybe once every couple of years. All the wear and tear in older heat pumps will eventually move beyond a simple efficiency problem, though, and cause parts to start failing in large numbers. If you need to have your heat pump repaired every few months, especially if it’s a different part every time, it’s a pretty clear sign that you need to install a new heat pump in your home.

If you need to install a new heat pump, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer heat pump services throughout Chicago, IL.

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