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4 Reasons Your Heat Pump Constantly Switches On and Off

Short-cycling is a phenomenon that occurs when your heat pump runs for a short period of time, shuts off, and then begins the cycle again. This constant running can quickly cause the utility bills for your Atlanta, GA home to skyrocket. In this month’s blog, we discuss four possible reasons your heat pump is constantly switching on and off.

1. Dirty Filter

Proper HVAC maintenance tasks, such as changing the air filter, is crucial to keeping your heat pump healthy. Otherwise, the filter clogs and your heat pump will struggle to pull in fresh air to operate with. This can cause it to run for long periods of time.

2. Condensate Pump Problems

An improperly functioning condensate pump has the potential to cause a variety of problems with your heat pump, including short-cycling and constant running. Check to make sure the condensate pump is still plugged in and functioning properly.

3. Refrigerant Leak

Your heat pump uses refrigerant to absorb the air around it as well as to transfer it into and around your home. Leaks are fairly common in older heat pumps, leading to low refrigerant levels. The drop in refrigerant causes your heat pump to work in overdrive to accomplish the same set of tasks, sometimes running without stopping.

4. The System Is Too Small

Did you know that HVAC systems aren’t one-size-fits-all? Instead, they need proper sizing for optimal functioning in your home. If your heat pump is too small for the area you’re trying to cool, the pump will run all day long trying to keep up with demand. Your home will always feel uncomfortable, and your electric bills will be higher than needed.

Sometimes, all that’s needed to fix short-cycling is a thorough inspection and some minor repairs. If you’d like to schedule your heat pump repair appointment today, please give us a call at Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., and we’ll be more than happy to help you get that set up!

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