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How Long Does a Heat Pump Last? What You Need to Know

Published by Luke Weiden

It can be increasingly difficult for homeowners to find energy-efficient and cost-saving HVAC solutions. Fortunately, heat pump systems have become that solution, heating and cooling your home from one central unit. If you have a heat pump, you’re probably wondering how long it will last until you need to replace it. Read this guide to understand the lifespan of these systems, especially when considering a new heat pump installation for your home.

The Lifespan of Heat Pumps

On average, a well-maintained heat pump can last 10 to 15 years. Several factors, such as the brand, model, usage, and environment, can affect this lifespan. These factors can cause frequent breakdowns and poor HVAC performance, if ignored, leading to costly repairs and higher energy bills. Yet, understanding these factors can help you be aware of how to keep your heat pump working as long as possible.

Factors Affecting Heat Pump Longevity

Quality of Installation

One critical factor to know is the quality of the installation. Having professionals properly install the heat pump can significantly impact its efficiency and longevity. Choose a reputable company for this installation, and they will ensure everything runs smoothly.

Regular Maintenance

As previously mentioned, routine maintenance can help prolong the life of your heat pump. Maintenance can involve many things, but commonly includes regular filter cleaning and checking components for performance issues. HVAC technicians may also fix heat exchangers, coils, and other integral components to address problems before they worsen.

Usage and Climate

How often you use the heat pump and the climate it’s in can also affect its lifespan. In regions with extreme weather conditions, heat pumps may need to work harder, which can affect their longevity and energy consumption.

Maximizing Your Heat Pump’s Lifespan

To maximize the lifespan of your heat pump, consider these tips:

  • Regular Professional Maintenance: Schedule annual or bi-annual check-ups with a certified technician.
  • Prompt Repairs: Address any issues immediately to prevent further damage.
  • Efficient Use: Utilize energy-saving settings and avoid overloading the system.

While the average lifespan of a heat pump ranges from 10 to 15 years, proper installation and maintenance can significantly extend its life. By understanding these factors and taking proactive steps, you can ensure your heat pump provides efficient and reliable heating for years.

An HVAC technician repairing a heat pump.

Schedule Heat Pump Service with Deljo Heating & Cooling

If you want to install a heat pump and save money on utility bills or need someone to keep your heat pump running smoothly, contact Deljo Heating & Cooling. Our HVAC contractors can install, repair, replace, and maintain a variety of HVAC systems, including:

We’re available 24/7/365, delivering cost-effective, energy-efficient heating and cooling to Chicago and the surrounding communities.