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As we approach the coolest months of the year, it’s especially important to be sure your heating and cooling systems are working their best. And that includes your heat pump! In today’s post, we’re going to tell you all about heat pump replacement for Florida HVAC systems. We’ll also cover important points like signs it’s time to replace your heat pump, and other common questions on the subject.

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

What is the Heat Pump in an HVAC System?

We always like to begin with the basics. In this case, that means going over exactly what the heat pump is responsible for in HVAC systems. 

We talk about heat pumps and other HVAC topics on our FAQ page. It includes this explanation of what the heat pump does:

A heat pump is a kind of device that is used to either cool or heat a space through transferring cold and heat between two reservoirs. So, although it’s called a “heat” pump, this pump is responsible for heating and cooling. 

Your heat pump has the ability to act as an air conditioner does. It transfers heat from inside to the outside. Or it can act as a heater and transfer exterior heat into the interior. On a winter day that has a 32 degree Fahrenheit temperature, there is still enough heat produced to warm an area whenever a heat pump transfers the air.

Signs it’s Time for Heat Pump Replacement

Not sure if heat pump replacement is the right next step for you and your Florida HVAC system? We would be happy to talk to you and help you determine if this is necessary.

In the meantime, read through these signs that might tell you it’s time for heat pump replacement:

  • Your energy bills are suddenly spiking
  • You’re noticing visible signs of wear and tear, including rust
  • Your home is dustier than usual
  • You’re noticing more noise from your HVAC system
  • Certain rooms in your room are too hot or cold
  • Your HVAC system needs regular repairs, even with proper maintenance
  • If your heat pump hasn’t been replaced in the last 10 years, you should at least have an inspection done

Heat Pump FAQ

How can I extend the life of my heat pump?

Even if heat pump replacement is the right move for you right now, you could be curious about what you can do with your next heat pump to help keep it working at its best for as long as possible.

The lifespan of your heat pump will depend on several things, including the type of equipment, your home’s insulation, and how much the HVAC system is used. Of course, proper care and maintenance play a big role too! (More on that in a moment)

For example, regularly replacing your air filters (ideally once a month) and getting the pump serviced twice a year are great places to start. These steps can help you get more years out of your heat pump. 

Your investment in these services often pays off in a big way, as the cost of heat pump replacement tends to be a lot more than keeping up with the recommended maintenance and servicing schedule. 

How long do most heat pumps last?

Heat pumps that use air to air transfer where the compressor is located outside in the condenser typically share the same life span as a Traditional cooling with electric heat system which is 10-15 years. If you have a Water Source heat pump where the entire HVAC system is located inside the home then you can expect around 15-20 year life span. All of which is dependent on how well you take care of your heat pump.

What is HSPF?

This acronym stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. This rates the heating operation efficiency level of a heat pump. When HSPF is higher, the heating performance of the heat pump is more efficient. New U.S. units must have 7.0 to 9.4 HSPF ratings.

Is heat pump replacement something I can do on my own?

In most cases, the answer is no. That is, unless you’re an experienced HVAC system. 

Otherwise, you risk not only damaging your system, but you could also put yourself and others in the home in danger. These pumps are on a 240 volt circuit which means there’s a significant risk of electric shock if they aren’t done right. 

Do I need to change my coil during heat pump replacement?

In most cases, replacing the indoor unit is a good idea at the same time as heat pump replacement or replacing your air conditioner. There is a correlation between how efficient your cooling or heating system is and the indoor coil’s performance. Putting in a new indoor unit can be critical to optimize the performance, savings potential and efficiency of your new system.

What are the benefits of heat pumps?

Heating and cooling your home effectively is something that helps keep you and your family comfortable all year long, no matter the weather outside. Beyond keeping you comfortable, there are other benefits of heat pumps when it comes to using this option to heat and cool your home.

For example, did you know this is a much more environmentally-friendly option than other methods? 

Heat pumps use electricity for power rather than heat generation. That means they don’t rely on fossil fuels! In the case of traditional resistive electric heat (the kind you see with space heaters, for example) the heat they generate is proportional to the amount of electricity they use. This means one unit of heat per unit of electricity, equaling 100% efficiency.

As for heat pumps? They’re known to have an efficiency rate upwards of 300%! That’s because the electricity they consume powers the two fans (evaporator and condenser), compressor, and sometimes a pump to concentrate heat outside and bring it into your home, rather than being responsible for heating your home on its own. 

Along with being more efficient, this also means your energy bills will be lower with a heat pump versus many other options. So, not only are you helping to save the environment, but you aren’t breaking the bank to heat and cool your home either.

Do heat pumps stop working in the cold?

It’s true this can happen. However, it typically needs to be much colder than it ever gets in Florida for that to happen! That means a heat pump is a great choice for your Florida HVAC system. 

Can a heat pump be the sole source of heat in my home?

Here’s where another advantage of living in a warm climate like Florida comes in. For those who live in states with bitterly cold winters, they’ll often need to have another heat source (either as their primary or a backup) to get them through the coldest months of the year. But in most areas of Florida, a heat pump is a sufficient heat source and helps keep your home comfortable all year long.

Who to Call for Heat Pump Replacement

Convinced it’s time for heat pump replacement? Or maybe you’d like to learn more about other HVAC services and where to turn for help? Well, you’re in the right place! 

At AC Care Heat & Air, we aim to be your total home comfort experts on the Treasure Coast and in the Palm Beach areas. Our skilled heating and cooling technicians have years of experience working on air conditioners, heat pumps, and air handlers from a variety of brands.

Did you know we also offer financing on approved credit? That way, you always know you can get the right heating and air services when you need them! Give us a call today so we can help keep you and your family comfortable. 

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