Winter Park, FL, residents often encounter a common HVAC issue: heat pump short cycling. This problem can interfere with the efficiency and longevity of your heat pump system. Here are some of the primary causes behind heat pump short cycling.

1. Incorrect Thermostat Settings

The thermostat regulates the temperature within your home, signaling your heat pump to turn on and off as necessary to maintain the set temperature. If the thermostat is not set correctly, the heat pump may struggle to maintain the desired temperature, which can lead to short cycling.

Modern thermostats and AC controls can provide a solution to this problem. Programmable thermostats have the ability to adjust the temperature at different times of the day, preventing your heat pump from working unnecessarily when no one is home.

2. Oversized Heat Pump

If your heat pump is too large for the area it’s heating and cooling, it will reach the desired temperature quickly and shut off. It’s crucial to have a professional size your heat pump correctly to avoid this and other issues in the future.

3. Refrigerant Leaks

During the cooler months, the refrigerant absorbs any available heat from the air through evaporation, turning from a low-temperature liquid into a warm gas. It then compresses this gas, which increases the temperature further.

Next, the hot refrigerant gas flows to the indoor unit, where it passes through a heat exchanger. As indoor air blows over the heat exchanger, the refrigerant releases heat, warming the air before it’s circulated throughout your home. If there is a refrigerant leak, the heat pump may not transfer heat efficiently, leading to short cycling.

If you’re looking for heat pump services, don’t hesitate to contact ACR Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. We’ve proudly served the local community since 1961 and look forward to bringing the joy of indoor comfort into your home.

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