Deciding whether to repair or replace the heat pump in your Largo, Florida, home is often difficult. However, if you have a broken evaporator coil, major refrigerant leak, or an older unit, it’s probably time to replace your heat pump.
Broken Evaporator Coil
While many HVAC repairs are relatively simple and inexpensive, a broken evaporator coil isn’t one of them. While replacing the coil may be possible, this often is not your best option. Evaporator coils are expensive and they typically only fail after years of use. It usually makes more sense to put your money toward a new unit rather than putting an expensive new coil into an old heat pump. While the upfront cost is greater with a new unit, you’ll almost certainly save money in the long run.
Refrigerant is a compound housed in the heat pump’s coils that absorbs heat from the air in your home. Without an adequate amount of this vital compound, your heat pump can’t operate effectively. If the heat pump develops a refrigerant leak, you may need to replace the unit. The location of the leak and age of the unit are the two most important factors that will help you determine whether to repair or replace.
Much of the time, the decision to replace or repair lies with the age of the unit. A rule of thumb is to replace a unit that is over 10 years old when it starts showing signs of wear and tear. Other factors to note when considering replacement include rising utility bills or an uncomfortable home. Repair may be a viable option for units less than 10 years old. Obviously, there’s no need to replace a unit that’s functioning well, regardless of age.
If you’re interested in a new heat pump or want to sign for a maintenance plan to, call Arctic Air Systems today.