Emergency Heat Comes On
Have a Heil heat pump (about 9 years old) for the upstairs of our house and had problems with it about a month ago only to find that the emergency heating was coming on any time there was a call for heat. Had someone look at it and the suggestion was the cost to fix the unit was going to be very high and we should consider replacing the unit. He turned the system to a/c and the compressor appeared to come on and the ac functioned. This is not the first problem we've had with this unit and the two others we have have performed fine.
We only plan to be in this house about 2 more years at most, we have started building at a new location so not looking for the highest quality unit, probably "builder" grade. First question is if we can only replace the outside unit to lower our costs? Second, does it make sense that something could be wrong that would cause the emergency heat to come on all the time but the unit otherwise be working well enough to cool? Wondering if we might want to get another technician to look at this one although it has been problematic in the past.