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Which heat pump to get?

My heat pump (a 10 SEER packaged unit) is dead. It would cost at least $800 to fix it, assuming it's an easy fix. If not, it would either be unfixable (because no one makes the coils anymore), or cost well over $1k (if, for example, the reversing valve needs to be fixed/replaced). So I've had a few different quotes on new heat pumps, and can't decide what to do... Can anyone shed some light on the best route to take? [more inside]
posted by kethonna on Jun 24, 2016 - 7 answers

How noisy is your heat pump?

I'm debating whether to simply replace my aging gas furnace with a more efficient one, or to add an air-source heat pump for primary heating (and cooling in summer when needed), and replace the gas furnace with a cheaper 80% efficient model for backup heat in winter. [more inside]
posted by sapere aude on Jan 30, 2016 - 13 answers

How can I make my Nest thermostat activate emergency heat?

Last summer, I replaced my thermostat with a Nest thermostat. It worked great until now that winter is here—when the temperature drops below freezing, my heat pump can't produce warm air. Tomorrow night it's forecast to be 8°F. Can you help me figure out what I've wired incorrectly? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Jan 6, 2015 - 10 answers

It has the word "heat" in its name, so.

What am I not understanding about my HVAC system? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Nov 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Turn It Up, Turn It Down

Extensive research into the state of the HVAC art has revealed more questions than it has answered. How do I set the thermostat in my new row house to maximize both comfort and efficiency? [more inside]
posted by fedward on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Help keep me warm, mkay?

My electric heat pump is icing over something fierce, and the technicians don't really have a clue what's going on. There is one theory I'd like you to comment on, and if it makes no sense, I'd appreciate alternate theories. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Jan 26, 2013 - 13 answers

What's up with our electricity?

We woke up this extremely cold morning (9F/-13C) and various electric things in our condo seem to be flaky, like there's not enough power. I also noticed that the thermostat for our heat pump says "Auxiliary Heat On", which I haven't seen before. Has anyone seen something like this before? Since it's all electric, it seems like it might be related. [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jan 23, 2013 - 15 answers

What would you do?

Is a heat pump worth it? Online calculators are a hugely mixed bag with obvious biases on many of them, and installers all want to sell their favorite gizmos so it's hard to get a straight answer from them. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Dec 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I get an air source heat pump

We've just moved into an old house in the South of the UK. The oil-fired boiler is in desperate need of replacement. No mains gas is available. I'm interested in air source heat pumps, what advice can you offer me? [more inside]
posted by grahamspankee on Mar 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Do I really have to wear a sweater, scarf, and wool socks inside?

How warm should I expect to feel in a house as opposed to an apartment? Is it normal to be really cold for the first hour at home? Does everyone else have to wear sweaters inside all winter? [more inside]
posted by yarly on Dec 28, 2010 - 39 answers

Do we have a broken heat pump, or are they really this mediocre when they're working right?

Apparently, the warm air from a heat pump is less warm than the hot air from a gas or oil furnace. But how much less warm? Help this clueless transplant from the frozen north tell if his heat pump is broken, or just limping along in the lukewarm way it's apparently supposed to? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Progammable thermostat for heat pump with timer

If this exists, help me find it: I would like a programmable thermostat with a timer that will work with a heat pump (used for both heating and cooling). [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Sep 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Home AC - Is my condensate pump broken?

So yesterday I heard this noise coming from the basement all day. It turns out the condensate pump on my AC (water goes from AC to some tank in the floor and the pump pumps it outside AFAIK) was continually running all day. I unplugged it and plugged it back in, and it hasn't run since. How can I tell if the pump is working properly or not? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Jun 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Time for the Consumerist?

My furnace has not functioned correctly since November 28th, and I am wondering just how badly my home warranty company is jerking me around. Need advice as to how to deal with them to get the furnace fixed or replaced. Additionally, if anyone knows something about furnaces that can help me understand what is going on, I'd appreciate that too, because I suspect that knowing the magic words may help me get this taken care of. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Feb 13, 2010 - 7 answers

I envision the mob with pickaxes to knock on my door!

Does the noise my heat pump makes upon start-up sound normal? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka on Nov 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Cheap heats?

Are there any good low-capital alternatives to electric Cadet heaters for warming and cooling my house? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Apr 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Gas Fired Heat Pump - viable alternative to a new gas boiler in 8 unit condo in North Jersey?

The ancient oil boiler in our 8 unit condo needs to be replaced and we are exploring the options, specifically gas fired heat pumps. [more inside]
posted by lapsang on Mar 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Keeping my hot side hot and my cool side crisp

When is a heat pump worth it? [warning: a bit long] [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Country heat for city boy?

Househeatingfilter: Saladpants is a city boy from major east coast city, who recently moved to smaller west coast city, Portland, OR. He and Mrs. Saladpants are looking at a house which, while only 15 minutes from downtown, is essentially out in the country. This means that the house has no gas line running to it and no sewer either. In this particular house, the Saladpantses have two potential heating options: Propane or Electric. They have no experience with either, and are uncertain as to which is better. They seek opinions, wisdom and experiences of fellow mefites. [more inside]
posted by saladpants on Apr 20, 2007 - 15 answers

Heat Pump vs Standard

Our air conditioner is going out and has to be replaced. We are likely going to replace it with two standard units as the single unit has never heated or cooled the entire house evenly. The heating/air guy said that would be ideal but would cost 8-10 thousand vs 4 thousand or less if we just bought a new 5 ton unit. However the electric company is offering to loan people the money if they want to buy heat pumps. Not having a lot of extra money right now, that is tempting IF heat pumps are likely to do the job, which I am not sure about. [more inside]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs on Jul 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Heat Pump or AC in the ATL?

Owning a home is fun! Our latest adventure in homemaking involves our heating and cooling system, so we're having to make some long-term decisions with very little first-hand experience. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Apr 22, 2005 - 3 answers

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