Most heirlooms only work in a limited level range in their default form and must be upgraded to work at higher levels. That costs gold, and you’ll need around 30,000 gold to outfit yourself with a fully upgraded set (counting only those that give you bonus experience). You may need to spend some time on a boosted character to acquire the gold you need to outfit another character with heirlooms, but it’s well worth the effort.
Last I wanna share a curious bug that almost freezes my game and force me to disable the addon. Anytime I add a (Citadel Crossbow [of the Fireflash]) my fps go from 75 to 22, and It's on a paladin, paladins dont even use crossbows. I noticed everytime I put something in my bags the addon takes the math and my fps goes from 75 to ~22 for a while (3 to 7 seconds) and is think it's internal and also think it's fine.