How Long Do Heat Pumps Typically Last?

Like all other types of heating systems, heat pumps have an expected life span. Knowing how long it will last will help you plan HVAC maintenance, as well as prepare for its eventual replacement, while ensuring your home’s comfort and reducing the risks of unexpected breakdowns. In today’s post, heating repair company Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning takes a look at how long heat pumps typically last, and how you can get the most years out of yours.

Heat Pumps

The Average Life Span of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are the same as air conditioners, with one key difference: the flow of refrigerant can be reversed, which allows the system to collect heat from the outdoors and release it indoors. Therefore, the expected life span is also the same as standard air conditioning units — about 15 years. The following factors may add or subtract years from its life span.

  • Manufacturing date. Newer models are typically equipped with technology that’s just as new. This means the heat pump would have protection against wear and be more energy-efficient, and may have equipment that helps monitor its condition.

  • Regular maintenance. Regardless of type, poorly-maintained HVAC systems are more likely to suffer an early failure.

  • Timely repairs. Putting off HVAC repair while continuing to use the heat pump will only increase the amount of wear, which, in turn, would increase the likelihood of early failure.

  • Location. Winters in California are not as cold as in the northern states, which means you’d be more likely to get more years out of it. However, if your home is near the coast, the salt in the air increases the rate of corrosion.

  • Usage. A big workload can take its toll on your heat pump. This is why these systems need to be properly sized for the room or home.

How to Get More Years out of Your Heat Pump

You can get more years out of your heat pump by keeping up with your annual HVAC maintenance appointment before the heating season begins. Just as important is having repairs done as soon as the HVAC technician deems it necessary. When it’s time to get a new one, make it a point to compare Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings, warranties and other features before you commit to a purchase. Lastly, work with a reputable HVAC company who can respond to emergencies.

Call Schmitt for Your Heating and Cooling Needs

Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning is one of the most trusted AC repair and installation companies serving communities in San Francisco. Give us a call today at (415) 689-7849, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.

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