If you have a heat pump in your Northern Michigan home, you likely will be wondering how long your heat pump might last, and what you can do to extend its lifetime. Heat pumps are great energy-efficient heating and cooling machines that work by moving heat from one place to another. During the warmer months, heat pumps divert heat from inside your house to the outdoors. During the colder months, the opposite happens.
A heat pump’s life expectancy depends on a couple factors, including your location, the equipment model, and the quality of maintenance. Under normal conditions, a heat pump will last an average of 15 years. However, poor maintenance and harsh conditions can cause a unit to wear out within a decade of regular use.
Good maintenance is the number one thing homeowners can do to extend the working lifespan of their home heat pumps. Consider the following important steps to ensure your equipment is kept running smoothly:
- During winter, ice can build up on the outside coil. This causes frost and impedes the device’s ability to operate at its top potential. To avoid this, routinely check to be sure your system’s defrost cycle is properly working.
- Clean or replace the air filters regularly, as recommended by the unit’s manufacturers.
- Keep the outdoor condenser unit’s fins clean.
- Keep all of the unit’s coils clean.
- Plant overgrowth can impede the operating efficiency of your heat pump. Be sure that there is a minimum of 18 inches of cleared space around your outside unit.
There are a few different types of heat pumps available today. Most Grand Traverse County homeowners choose an air-source type pump, which transfers air between indoors and out. Another type is known as a water-source pump, which operates off of warmer underground temperatures. And finally a dual-source pump combines features of both of these. It also tends to have a longer working lifetime than the former two.
To learn more about the use of a heat pump in your home, or other HVAC solutions, contact your local Grand Traverse County experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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