It’s not hard to find information about why you should get a heat pump, or how to help you get one, and even how much are you going to save when you do. We have certainly talked at length about this ourselves. But something we haven’t touched on is how long will your heat pump last? The short answer is anywhere from less than five to more than twenty years. Of course, the short answer is incredibly unhelpful, so here comes the long one.
Why Would One Heat Pump Last Longer Than Another?
A large part of heat pump longevity is attributed to the quality of the particular model of the heat pump. Like any machine, high quality is one of the biggest determining factors as to how it stands against the test of time. Whether it’s heat pumps, cars, blenders, watches, or computers, the low-quality device is always the first to go.
Quality installation by certified heat pump contractors is important to not only the longevity of your heat pump but also the effective cost-saving capabilities it brings. Improper installation means your heat pump will be working harder than it has to, resulting in higher bills and a shorter lifespan.
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Regular maintenance will increase the longevity of heat pumps of any quality as well. Making sure that your filters are kept clean and the outdoor unit is kept clear, prevents efficiency loss and potential damage or failure. Having an annual inspection and tune-up by a qualified heat pump technician goes a long way to keeping your heat pump operating for years to come.
How can you tell a high-quality heat pump from a low-quality one?
A good place to start with any appliance or consumer electronic is the warranty period. Find out how long the warranty period is. You can be sure that the product will last that long at the bare minimum.
Unless you live in a sitcom your heat pump isn’t going to give up the ghost the day after the warranty runs out. It’s just a good metric for product quality. Manufacturers won’t stand behind a low-quality product for very long. So you can be sure that the longer a product's warranty is, the less likely it is that you will have to use it.
Keys To A Long Lasting Heat Pump
What About Price As An Indicator Of Quality?
It’s true that you won’t be getting a high-quality heat pump for a low price, a high price does not guarantee it won’t be low quality.
As consumers most of us have had the unpleasant experience of paying a high price for a product we had either been lead to believe or rather simply assumed was high quality because of its high price, only to find out after an all too brief period that this was not the case. That we had ended up paying a pretty penny for a dreaded lemon!
It’s cliche for sure but just saying “lemon” conjures up images of sleazy salesmen in cheap blazers trying to make you overpay for a used car. While there may be fewer plaid sports coats in the world of heat pumps, you can still end up overpaying for a unit that won’t last.
Remember That Price ≠ Quality
Heat pump longevity is key to getting the most out of the saving potential heat pumps bring to Nova Scotia Homeowners. You will start saving on your heating bill right away, but the amount saved isn’t going to pay off your heat pump in the first month, or even the first year. This is where homeowners can head astray. They think, “if I buy a cheaper heat pump I can pay it off quicker in my savings.”
But the reality is that the effective savings of a cheap heat pump are often much lower than a more expensive one. This is a classic case of short-term pain (higher upfront cost), long-term gain (more savings over time, a longer period before needed replacement).
If you are interested in finding out the cost-saving potential a heat pump can bring to your home, give us a call, or book your free in-home assessment online so we can help you start saving today.