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Why is My Heat Pump Constantly Running?

Does your heat pump seem like it’s constantly running? If so, it may be time to have it checked out. While it’s a reliable source of efficient heating and air conditioning, a heat pump that won’t turn off could have serious problems.

Heat pump constantly running in winter

Heat pumps work by moving warm air from one place to another. To warm your home, a heat pump will take heat from outside and transfer it to the inside of your home. Normally, the pump should cycle on and off intermittently in order to maintain the temperature set on the thermostat.

Heat pump constantly running in summer

If you’ve noticed your heat pump doesn’t take a break in the summer, you’ll want to have it serviced. In more moderate temperatures, a heat pump should only have to cycle on and off every once in awhile. A heat pump will operate the same as it does in the winter, only it moves heat out of your home instead of into it. If your heat pump never cycles off, it could be experiencing any one of a multitude of problems. Check to see if the outdoor unit is frozen-over with ice; if so, the unit needs immediate repair. Low refrigerant levels can also cause heat pumps to run non-stop. Size can play a role, too. A heat pump that has not been properly sized may be too small for the house it’s cooling and will have to work harder to provide air conditioning.

Professional HVAC maintenance is crucial to keeping your heat pump working properly. An inspection by a certified technician will increase efficiency, lowering your bill and ensuring comfort for your home. Call Carolina Air Conditioning Co. today!