A short cycling heat pump does not distribute the cooled or heated air it creates evenly. In addition to reduced performance, a short cycling heat pump puts excessive wear on your system. If the heat pump for your home in Raleigh, NC, is short-cycling, it’s likely because of one of these reasons.

Oversized Heat Pump

When your heat pump is too big for the space it’s responsible for heating and cooling, you’ll notice it turning on and off more frequently. Quality installers know how to use your home’s square footage and other factors to determine how big your heat pump should be.

Thermostat Issues

Your thermostat relays your temperature needs to the heat pump. Damaged wiring may interfere with smooth communication between the two appliances, resulting in short cycling.

If you install your thermostat near windows or vents, the device may send confusing instructions to the heat pump, resulting in short cycling. This is because the temperatures in these locations fluctuate often — the same goes for places like your kitchen. Professional comfort specialists can diagnose thermostat problems and help you choose between repair and replacement.

Refrigerant Leaks

The refrigerant in your heat pump heats or cools the air before it gets pushed through the ductwork and into your home. However, if you have a damaged refrigerant line, the system can’t work efficiently. One of the most common signs of a refrigerant leak is a short cycling heat pump.

It’s important to contact a professional if you suspect a damaged refrigerant line. Not only is it unsafe for you to work with refrigerant, but federal regulations also make it illegal for any unlicensed individual to use refrigerant.

If your heat pump turns on and off too frequently, don’t hesitate to call for help. Contact Airmakers Heating & Cooling, LLC for all of your HVAC service needs.

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