What's The Predicted Life Span Of A Heat-Pump System?
by Greg Leisgang on October 26, 2011
Posted in: Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are a very efficient heating solution, one that definitely warrants attention when shopping for a new heating system. One of the most important factors to consider when looking is the predicted longevity of the heat pump, but this will also depend on a number of criteria that can cause life span fluctuate.
The expected life span of a heat pump is generally 15 years. However, local climate is one of the biggest factors that can lead to a shorter or longer life span. In places that demand heavy heating and cooling, heat pumps are more likely to break down sooner. Fortunately, in Cincinnati, the winters are not too extreme and shouldn’t cause excessive wear and tear to your heating system.
A sure-fire way to extend the life span of a heat pump is to have preventive maintenance performed annually. With the help of an HVAC technician, you can reduce energy costs and make sure that your heat pump is performing optimally year-round. The technician will clean all of the components and lubricate the moving parts to optimize efficiency. The technician will also replace parts that are damaged, so that they don’t cause unexpected problems during the winter and lead to a lapse in service.
You should also be sure to change the air filters regularly. When a filter becomes saturated with particles, like dust, airflow is arrested. The heat pump ends up using more energy to push air through. and the filters don’t work as effectively – all of which combines to decrease the system's life span.
You can also take care of your heat pump by properly maintaining the outdoor unit. Knock off any snow or ice that has accumulated on top so that it doesn’t put undue pressure on the equipment. Also be sure to sweep away twigs, dust and other debris, as they can inhibit the unit’s performance.
If you take good care of your heating system, you can expect it to last 15 years, or maybe even longer. If you have questions about heat pumps, contact JonLe Heating & Cooling today. We proudly serve the Greater Cincinnati area.