Short-cycling occurs when a heat pump shuts down before completing a cycle and turns on again. A short-cycling heat pump breaks down often and increases energy bills. Here’s why heat pumps short-cycle in Hobbs, NM:
You Have an Oversized Heat Pump
A heat pump is too big for your home if its heating and cooling abilities surpass your home’s temperature regulation needs. Therefore, it warms or cools your home in a very short time, shuts down before completing a cycle and turns on again.
Before you install a new heat pump, always allow service technicians to determine your home’s heating and cooling needs. They will factor in your home’s square footage, the number of windows and doors, the direction your home faces and the insulation in your home to arrive at the precise temperature regulation needs. This will help you install an appropriately sized unit for your home.
You Have a Clogged Air Filter
A clogged air filter won’t allow air to pass through properly, which will then cause your system to short cycle. Your air filter will clog when a lot of contaminants accumulate in it.
Consider changing your air filter regularly to promote unobstructed airflow. While shopping for a new air filter, always select the one with a higher MERV rating. A higher MERV value means the air filter is highly efficient in trapping contaminants.
You Have Thermostat Issues
A thermostat communicates your heating or cooling requirements to the HVAC system. The communication occurs through wires linking the thermostat to it.
If there’s any damage to these wires, your thermostat may not relay the instructions efficiently, causing your heat pump to short-cycle. Also, if your thermostat is in an area where temperatures fluctuate all the time, the device may send confusing signals to your heat pump, causing the system to short-cycle.
Contact I.T.S. Refrigeration & Heating, Inc. for exceptional heating services. Our service technicians will provide solutions that help keep you comfortable all year.
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