If your heat pump stops working, the first thing you’ll want to know is how much it will cost to fix it.
Unfortunately, without diagnosing the problem, we can’t give you an exact answer.
The price of your heat pump repair will vary depending on the following factors:
Let’s look at each of these cost factors in more detail to give you a better idea of what you might pay to repair your heat pump.
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Just like any major household appliance, a heat pump can malfunction or break down at any time. Some problems are relatively minor and only cause a small disruption to your home’s heating and cooling cycles while others are bigger and can cause your heat pump to stop working altogether.
HVAC contractors determine the price of a heat pump repair based on the scope of the problem. Complex heat pump problems that take longer to repair or require expensive replacement parts will naturally cost more.
If the repair is expensive (such as replacing a faulty compressor), the technician may recommend replacing the heat pump entirely, especially if it is over 10 years old. In that scenario, it makes more sense to invest in a new heat pump instead of pouring money into an old unit that will likely break down again.
When your heat pump was first installed, it came with two warranties:
If one or both of the warranties are valid, you can expect to pay less for your repair.
We’ll explain what each of these warranties covers in more detail below.
A parts warranty covers the cost of a replacement part if it fails due to a manufacturing defect. A standard parts warranty typically lasts 10 to 12 years from the date of installation (the period of time depends on the manufacturer). Some manufacturers offer extended parts warranties for an extra cost, which adds additional coverage after the standard parts warranty expires.
Regardless of the type of parts warranty you have, the manufacturer will often stipulate certain requirements that need to be met in order for the warranty to be valid. These requirements can include:
If the manufacturer’s requirements are not met, then the manufacturer may void the warranty. Without a valid warranty, the homeowner would be responsible for 100% of the labor and part costs needed for the repair.
You can check the requirements for your parts warranty by visiting your manufacturer's website. On the website, you can search for your heat pump model number and find the relevant warranty information. To find your heat pump model number, look for the rating plate on the outdoor unit of your heat pump.
When your heat pump was first installed, it most likely came with a labor warranty from the contractor who handled the installation. A labor warranty covers the cost of labor needed for any repairs within a specific timeframe (usually 1 to 2 years after the installation date).
To find out if your labor warranty is still valid and what repairs are covered, contact the contractor who installed your system.
When it comes to hiring a contractor to repair your heat pump, you generally get what you pay for. That means, if you hire a contractor that offers super low prices, you will most likely get subpar work in return.
On the other hand, if you hire a high-quality, experienced contractor, they will likely repair your heat pump correctly—the first time around. Even though experienced contractors may charge a little more for their repair services, it’s better to invest in a proper repair than risk having to pay for repeat work to fix poor craftsmanship. Poor repair work leads to higher energy bills, reduced system performance, and even more repairs down the road.
To avoid the problems caused by poor repair work, we’ve created some questions to ask yourself before hiring a contractor:
Call us or schedule an appointment online today. When you hire Red Cap for your heat pump repair, you can count on honest prices, reliable workmanship, and first-class customer service during every step of the project.