Home repairs account for much of the stress and worry that homeowners face. In the summer, air conditioning is vital to many homes and the same goes for heat in winter. Nothing gives more comfort than knowing everything in the home is working as it should.
One of the most important home appliances is the heater. In many ways, we depend on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, but often don’t think about the consequences if our HVAC system stops working because of a failing heat pump compressor. Life in the colder months without proper heat can be more than problematic, in some areas this can be life-threatening.
What’s the cost of a heat pump compressor replacement?
Have you noticed problems with the heating in your home? Sometimes a faulty heat pump compressor is to blame. Without a properly functioning compressor, the exchange of hot and cold cannot properly take place resulting in a cold home when the weather takes a dip.
When the work is completed, replacing your heat pump compressor typically costs anywhere between $1,500 to over $2,500 depending on the size and functionality of your system.
Repairing versus replacing the heat pump compressor
Thinking about simply repairing your existing compressor? In many cases, the costs of repairing a failing compressor can be high enough to justify outright replacement. Whatever path you choose is up to you, but when is the right time to replace your heat pump compressor?
Consider the following symptoms that mean your compressor may be due for replacement.
- The HVAC system is 10 to 15 years old – aging systems perform less efficiently than today’s models, resulting in higher operating costs.
- When the heater function no longer produces enough warmth – this may be the easiest part of the diagnosis. Test your heater prior to the cold months to give yourself a head start on any issues with your system.
- Replacing your system with a newer, more efficient (higher SEER) one? Consider replacing your heat pump compressor as well to gain not only efficiency but also matching levels of wear.
- The heat pump compressor is no longer under warranty – if your compressor is no longer covered by the manufacturer’s protection plan, you aren’t losing money replacing a covered unit.
Evaluate your heating system
Did you meet one or more of the above criteria? Before you act, be sure to evaluate the rest of your HVAC system and take any corrective measures as needed. Believe it or not, doing something as simple as checking filters and connections can go a long way towards understanding any problems at hand.
In some cases, performing regular maintenance can correct or even stave off problems before they occur. An annual HVAC tune-up and regular maintenance will protect and prolong the life of your home system. An efficient HVAC will save you money, time, and any worries of discomfort.
Ready for help from a heating repair professional?
Once you’ve verified your system’s condition, it’s time to contact a professional to come and audit your heating system. Remember, replacing your heat pump compressor can cost anywhere between $1,500 to over $2,500, but a replacement may not even be necessary!
If you're worried about your home's heating system and compressor, and if it can handle the next Florida cold snap, give Easy AC a call at 813-COLD-AIR. We offer 24-hour heating repair services throughout the Tampa Bay area and our technicians are standing by, ready to fix that broken heater before you have to break out the blankets.