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Why Does My Heat Pump Run Constantly? Find Answers Here

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If you’re a homeowner in Ohio, you’ve likely encountered HVAC issues that left you scratching your head. One of these issues is a constantly running heat pump. This can be especially irritating during winter, as the heat pump is the primary component responsible for keeping your house nice and warm. So, why does this happen? And more importantly, how can you fix it? That’s where Logan Services comes into the picture.

Understanding HVAC Systems

HVAC systems are designed to maintain comfort in your home by regulating indoor temperature and air quality. These complex systems include a variety of components, such as furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps, which work together to provide heated or cooled air through your home efficiently. Understanding how these systems work is crucial for homeowners to maintain a comfortable environment, reduce energy costs, and solve or avoid common issues.

The Role of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps play a dual role in HVAC systems, providing heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. This versatility makes heat pumps an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. By extracting heat from the outdoor air, even in cold temperatures, and transferring it inside, heat pumps offer a way to maintain comfort while reducing utility bills. They reverse the process in warmer months, removing heat from the home to cool it.

For Ohio homeowners, heat pumps offer a solution to the state’s varied climate, embodying energy efficiency and versatility. Logan Services provides expert installation and service for heat pumps, ensuring your home remains comfortable year-round.

Read our article on how much a heat pump water heater costs.

Components and Functionality of Heat Pumps

The main components of heat pump systems include the evaporator coil, condenser coil, compressor, and reversing valve. The evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air inside your home, while the condenser coil releases that heat outdoors. The compressor moves refrigerant between these two coils, and the reversing valve changes the direction of the refrigerant flow for heating or cooling. Together, these components allow heat pumps to transfer heat between the inside and outside of your home efficiently.

Common Reasons for Heat Pumps Running Constantly

Thermostat Settings and Problems

Incorrect thermostat settings can cause your heat pump to run more than necessary. For example, setting the thermostat too high in winter or too low in summer can force the heat pump and the rest of your HVAC equipment to work overtime. When your air conditioning system is blowing cold air that’s too cold, your heat pump will probably keep running long after it should’ve stopped.

Another thermostat problem that can cause constant running is a malfunctioning thermostat. When it’s not working correctly, it might signal the heat pump to turn off, leading to continuous operation. Homeowners should ensure their thermostat is correctly set and functioning properly to avoid this issue.

Outdoor Unit Issues

Problems with the outdoor unit, such as debris blocking air flow or a malfunctioning fan, can impede the heat pump’s efficiency, causing it to run constantly. Regular outdoor unit cleaning and maintenance are essential for preventing these issues. If the outdoor unit is compromised, the system cannot efficiently transfer heat, leading to a continuous and inefficient operation.

You’ll want to remember to clean or replace the air filters on your cooling and heating system regularly to prevent it from constantly running. For other maintenance, Logan Services is ready to help.

Under-Sized Heat Pumps

If a heat pump is too small for a home, it will struggle to maintain the desired temperature, leading to constant operation. Proper sizing of a heat pump is critical to its efficiency and effectiveness. Logan Services offers free estimates to ensure that Ohio homeowners have a heat pump system that is adequately sized for their homes.

For more information, read our article on what size heat pump you need.

The Logan Services Difference: Trust, Quality, and Local Expertise

For over 50 years, Logan Services has been serving Ohio homeowners with a commitment to quality, trust, and local expertise. Our family-owned and operated business sees customers as part of the family, offering fast, friendly service and using top brands to ensure your HVAC system provides maximum comfort. We understand the importance of a well-functioning heat pump system for your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Whether you are experiencing problems or simply wish to ensure your system is in top condition, our team is here to help.

Our HVAC specialists are trained to diagnose and repair any issue that may cause your heat pump to run constantly. From troubleshooting thermostat problems to fixing outdoor units and ensuring your home’s heat pump is the correct size, we have the expertise to address your needs efficiently. We aim to restore your system to optimal performance and prevent future issues.

For any maintenance, repairs, or replacement heat pumps, contact Logan Services to schedule your free in-home estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it bad for a heat pump to be constantly running?

When the weather doesn’t require your heat pump to be running consistently, it isn’t good for it to be running longer than normal. This can signal that your heating system or air conditioner aren’t working at optimal efficiency, which can lead to higher energy bills and less comfort in your home.

How long should a heat pump run?

On average, it should run between 10 and 15 minutes.

Do heat pumps need to rest?

Yes, they need to rest at times to keep them in the best condition possible.

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