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Should I Repair or Replace My Heat Pump?

If your heat pump is older or experiencing persistent problems, you may be at a fork in the road. Do you invest in repairs or go ahead and install an entirely new heat pump system? It really depends on the situation, but we do have a few key considerations that can help you make your decision.

Our team is always here to answer your questions about heat pump repairs and heat pump replacement. You can keep reading to learn more about when you might choose to replace your heat pump instead of repairing it. And you can always give us a call to schedule an in-home assessment where we can offer our expert opinion and outline your replacement options.

When to Repair Your Heat Pump

There are many times that repairs are not bad enough to warrant a complete system replacement. If your heat pump is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, it’s wise to invest in repairs. Your manufacturer’s warranty may even cover some of the repair costs, depending on what the problem is. And even if the manufacturer’s warranty does not cover what’s gone wrong now, it may cover problems in the future until the warranty ends.

It also makes sense to complete repairs when they are inexpensive. It is completely normal for small things to go wrong inside your air conditioner. Parts wear down with time and need to be replaced. Making these minor investments in your heat pump is actually a great way to extend its lifespan. When you make smaller repairs all along when they are needed, you can prevent larger problems from ever happening, including complete breakdowns.

When to Replace Your Heat Pump

There are other times when the cost of repairs may outweigh the benefits. If your heat pump is already up there in years, a costly heat pump repair may not do much to extend the life span enough to make the expense worth it.

Experts recommend that you never spend more than 50% of the cost of replacing your heat pump on any repair bill. If you’re spending thousands of dollars to repair an older heat pump, that’s a red flag that it is reaching the end of its lifespan and you need to pivot.

You also want to consider that this 50% does not have to be one single repair bill. You may make multiple repairs over a short period of time that add up to a significant amount of money. If our team completes a repair estimate that is particularly high, we may even make the recommendation that you go ahead and invest in a new unit.

Seeking Expert Help

If you are in doubt about whether or not to repair your heat pump instead of replacing it, you can always give us a call. We would be happy to complete an assessment and help you make the best decision. If you’re not quite ready to invest in a new heat pump, we may be able to meet you in the middle and make some repairs that help you get another season out of your heat pump while you save and prepare to invest in a new system next year.

Thank you for choosing Ace Hardware Home Services. Call us today to schedule an appointment for air conditioning service.

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