Heat pumps are excellent heating options, especially for the Phoenix Valley where we don’t have harsh winters. But when you are comparing them to other heating options, a wise approach is to consider their lifetime costs and how long they will last. To do this, you need to understand not just the average heat pump life span, but also what you can do to make sure your heat pump lasts that long.
The average heat pump life span of a heat pump is 14 years, but that depends largely on how well you treat it. One of the biggest keys to making it last is getting preventive maintenance performed on it annually. The best time to do it is in fall before the cold arrives. This prepares you for the winter months by getting your system as efficient as possible and making sure you aren’t in danger of any unexpected breakdowns.
To ensure the efficiency of your heat pump, all of the components will be cleaned and key parts will be lubricated. This helps your heating system operate more smoothly, reducing its overall workload. Parts will also be inspected for damage and replaced so that they don’t cause expensive problems later on down the road.
Changing your air filters will also help to extend the your heat pump life span. You should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation about how often they need to be replaced. If you neglect this task, a thick dust screen forms on them, making it harder for air to pass through. This puts extra strain on your heat pump as it has to use more energy to force air through.
You also need to make sure to maintain the outdoor unit. While you don’t need to purchase a special cover for it because they are designed for outdoor use, you should make sure that you keep leaves, grass clippings and dirt swept away. You should also call an HVAC expert to help you if you find any cracks in its casing.
For more information on heat pumps, contact Wolff Mechanical today. We’ve proudly served the Phoenix Valley for over 20 years.