A heat pump is an essential component of both furnaces and air conditioners. In a furnace, the pump draws heat from outdoor air and sends it to a reservoir, where it is heated further before being circulated through the home. In an air conditioner, the pump draws heat from indoor air and forces it outside. A broken heat pump can make a drafty home even colder in the winter and a warm home more uncomfortable in the summer, so it is crucial to know the telltale signs that a new one may be in order.

How to Tell If You Need a New Heat Pump

1. Age

If you know when a heat pump was initially installed, you'll know when it's time for a new one. On average, a pump should be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Even if there is no obvious operational issue with the one you currently have, upgrading to a newer model can be beneficial. HVAC technology has evolved substantially in recent years, and newer pumps are designed with greater energy efficiency in mind.

2. Frequent Repairs

heat pumpHeat pumps can break down from time to time. Improper cycling on and off, a malfunctioning blower, and a clogged heat pump filter can all cause operational issues. If you seem to be calling the HVAC technician more than once for the same problem, it might make more economic sense to invest in a new pump entirely. Discuss your options with your HVAC provider and have them install a new pump that will keep the need for return visits to a minimum.

3. Higher Heating or Cooling Costs

Higher utility bills are to be expected during the warmest summer months and coldest days of winter. But if there is a noticeable increase in your heating or cooling costs throughout the year, it can be an indicator that the pump isn't working as efficiently as it should. Because they play an important role in preventing heat loss, pumps also play an important role in keeping utility bills manageable. More heat loss means the system has to work harder to heat or cool the home, and that means higher heating and cooling costs.


If you're in the market for a new heat pump, trust the professionals at Disponette Service Co., Inc. They have more than 40 years of experience serving Lexington, KY, and the surrounding region. They are a family-owned business providing heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services to area homes and businesses. They are also available 24/7 for emergency repairs. Call (859) 255-7157 or visit them online to schedule an appointment.