Here’s a public service announcement.
When the HVAC technician tells you that the heat pump probably won’t make it through the Summer, listen to him.
I did not and it wasn’t worth the effort and stress. So take it from me, the HVAC professionals are the ones to listen to. The ego voice in your head that’s telling you the 26 year old heat pump has one more Summer in it, not so much. I wish I had listened to the HVAC technician. But unlike most adults, I didn’t have my act together when it came to saving up the money to replace the residential HVAC in my home. So that meant, in my head, I had no other choice but to roll the dice on getting the HVAC equipment through one more Summer. That’s really all we really needed. The Winter isn’t much around here and we could have made do with a space heater. Or at least that’s what the cocky dork in my head was telling me. So I pulled the family together and told them that we really had to be all over thermostat discipline so we could get the heat pump over the finish line. Of course, that went in one ear and out the other. Still, I did my best by sealing up the house as tight as possible and figuring out how to program the digital thermostat. Well, I stressed over the old heat pump all Summer before it finally bit the dust in mid August. I did end up saving about half of I needed so it wasn’t a total loss. But I should have just dipped into some other savings and done what the HVAC professional suggested that I do.