If you’re in the market for heating and cooling solutions for your Mercer County home, chances are, you’ve heard about heat pumps. These heating and cooling systems have become known for their versatility and efficiency. While heat pumps can help you save on your energy bills and are good for the environment, how long do they last?
The team at Princeton Air is a heat pump installer in the central NJ area with years of experience. In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the life expectancy of a heat pump, and what you can do to make your heat pump last longer.
The Average Lifespan of a Heat Pump
Heat pumps work to both heat and cool your home and are usually running all year round to keep your home comfortable. This means that they have an average lifespan of about 10 to 15 years, which is not quite as long as furnaces or air conditioners. However, newer and more advanced heat pumps—like Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps and Trane hybrid heat pumps—tend to last longer with proper maintenance. Many mini split or ductless heat pumps can also last up to 30 years.
Though a heat pump may not last as long as a traditional furnace, it does not require as much energy to run and will provide extremely efficient operation by comparison. Plus, with heating and cooling capabilities, you’ll only have one piece of equipment to maintain.
What Determines How Long a Heat Pump Will Last?
There are many factors that can affect the life expectancy of a heat pump and its performance. As with any piece of equipment, heat pumps will become less efficient with age and more usage. Here are the common factors that determine how long your heat pump will last:
- Proper installation
- Regular maintenance
Signs You Need to Replace Your Heat Pump
If you already own a heat pump that’s more than 10 years old, you may be wondering if it’s time for a replacement. While it’s always best to call in an expert—like the team at Princeton Air—here are some signs to look out for:
- Increased energy bills
- Frequent repairs
- Strange noises
- Uneven temperatures
How to Get the Most Out of Your Heat Pump
The most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your heat pump is to get regular maintenance. In fact, most repairs and breakdowns that we have seen could have been prevented with routine maintenance.
Since you use your heat pump all year round, it should ideally be serviced twice a year—once in the spring and again in the fall. During a tune-up, we will clean your system and inspect all of its components for signs of disrepair. This allows us to find any minor issues and address them before they grow into bigger, more expensive repairs down the road.
Princeton Air: Your Central NJ Heat Pump Installers
If you think your home can benefit from heat pump installation, give us a call. At Princeton Air, we work with many different types of heat pumps, including geothermal and mini splits. Not only can we help find the right system for you, we can even help you qualify for the many rebates and incentives currently available for heat pumps in central NJ.