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Why Does My Heat Pump Run All the Time?

Heat Pump

Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home, but that doesn’t mean they should run constantly. If they do, you’ll likely see an increase in your energy bills, and your heat pump may undergo premature wear and tear. Read on for some reasons your heat pump runs nonstop in Williamsburg, VA.

Dirty Air Filter

The heat pump’s air filter catches dust, dirt and other particles before they can enter your HVAC system and circulate throughout your home. As the particles collect on the filter, the amount of air that can make its way through is reduced, which forces your heat pump to strain to meet the temperature you set at the thermostat. Generally speaking, you should check the status of your filter every month and replace it every 30-90 days, depending on if you can see through the filter.

Improper Thermostat Setting

If your thermostat is set too high or too low for the heat pump’s capabilities, it has to work longer to compensate and keep up with the demand from the thermostat. Additionally, setting your thermostat to the “On” mode might make you think it’s running continuously. This isn’t actually the case, as it’s only the fan that will run in “On” mode, but it’s worth checking.

Incorrect Sizing

An undersized heat pump will run continuously because it struggles to get your home to the temperature you set despite not having the capacity to do so. Oversized heat pumps might finish a cycle too quickly, which can lead to hot and cold spots in your home. If the thermostat detects them, it might kick your heat pump back on, leading to it running more than needed.

Obsolete System

As technology advances, newer heat pumps incorporate breakthroughs to make them more energy efficient. Older systems may run for longer periods because they lack efficiency. Additionally, like all machines, heat pumps will eventually wear out; older pumps might be on their last legs and struggle to cool or heat your home.

Consult a professional to update your system and configure it to increase efficiency. If you’re a Williamsburg, VA, resident looking for HVAC repair, maintenance and installation services, contact us at Fair Mechanical today.

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