There are all kinds of different symptoms that could indicate something is wrong with your heat pump. Alterations in temperature, mood, sudden changes in friend groups … Sorry, that was a mix-up. Your heat pump most definitely is not hanging out with the wrong types of comfort systems, we don’t think. Anyway, of all the signs indicating you should call a professional to examine your heat pump, one is perhaps the most troubling: short cycling. Short cycling is an issue that starts small, but before long it can destroy your entire system! Read on to find out how short cycling happens, what it does, and what you should do about it if you notice your heat pump doing it.
What Causes It
Before we get into what causes short cycling, let’s define what it is: short cycling is what happens when a heat pump turns itself on and off more rapidly than it should, preventing it from completing a full heating or air conditioning cycle. It can be caused by a number of different things, including an electrical issue with the thermostat or a failing compressor throwing off the operating rhythm of the system. The best way to prevent this from becoming a problem is to schedule preventive maintenance for the heat pump at least twice a year, once in spring and once in fall. This won’t guarantee that your heat pump will not start short cycling, but it will make things as certain as possible.
What Happens During Short Cycling
There are a couple of different things that you have to worry about when it comes to short cycling. First, there’s the issue of how short cycling cuts into the system’s ability to condition the home properly. Heat pumps, like most climate control systems, are designed to operate in cycles. If the heat pump can’t complete a full cycle, then it can’t generate enough warm or cool air to effectively control the temperature in your home. But that’s the least of the issues you have to worry about.
More problematic than the dropping output is the way that short cycling increases the rate the system accumulates wear and tear through normal use. A short cycling heat pump is under more stress than it should be, which means it’s going to wear out much faster and be more prone to developing other issues. If you allow your heat pump to short cycle for too long, you can expect to pay higher repair costs. You may even have to replace the heat pump years early, due to the added wear. For all of these reasons, it’s important to call for repairs as soon as you notice your heat pump short cycling. The faster you have it dealt with, the more damage you prevent.
Switzerland Air offers a full range of heating repair services in Freeport, TX. If you think that your heat pump is short cycling, or needs repairs for any reason, contact us today to speak with one of our professional technicians. We’ll make sure that your heat pump stays in good shape.