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How Short Cycling Damages Your Heat Pump

Have you noticed your heat pump randomly turning itself off and on every few minutes? If so, you have a big problem. That’s called short cycling, and you should never ignore it if it starts happening to your system. Short cycling can cause massive damage to your heat pump’s weak points, resulting in a shorter lifespan. Let’s take a look at why short cycling happens, and what it does to your heat pump.

Why It Happens

Short cycling could be caused by a couple of different issues with your heat pump. It’s possible that the thermostat is malfunctioning, causing it to transmit the wrong signals to the system. It’s also possible that a short circuit exists somewhere between the thermostat and the heat pump, causing the signal to come through erratically. Finally, it could be that the compressor is broken.

The compressor is a gas pump, responsible for circulating refrigerant throughout the system during operation. This is a vital part of the system, which both makes it possible for the heat pump to transfer heat as well as maintaining the rhythm of the system. If the compressor is damaged, the heat pump could start to short cycle.

Problems It Causes

Short cycling forces your heat pump into an unnatural method of operation, causing it to wear down much faster than it normally does. If the problem isn’t fixed, parts of the heat pump will start to break down much earlier than they normally would. Eventually, the system will break down entirely. This is why it’s so important to make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you notice your heat pump short cycling.

Switzerland Air offers comprehensive heat pump repair services throughout Lake Jackson, TX. Call today to schedule an appointment, or to speak to one of our experts. 

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