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Why Does My Heat Pump Run Constantly?

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Heat pumps are usually an effective way to heat and cool your home. But if your system is running constantly, it’s likely a sign that your heat pump has an issue. Not only can this lead to higher energy bills, but it can make your system wear out faster, leading to expensive repairs or premature replacement of your entire heat pump. 

You should tackle your heat pump issues right away to keep your home comfortable, your utility costs low, and your system’s lifespan maximized. 

6 Common Reasons Your Heat Pump Is Constantly Running

Continuously running heat pumps are likely experiencing an issue. It can be something simple to remedy, like thermostat issues, but it can also mean more complex mechanical problems. It’s important to understand why this is happening quickly to prevent high energy bills and avoid major damage to your system.

Here are some potential culprits: 

1. Incorrect Thermostat Setting

Sometimes, the issue is as simple as your thermostat settings being off. If your thermostat is set too high or too low, your heat pump will keep running to reach that temperature. Double-check that your thermostat is set correctly for the season and your comfort level. 

2. Cool Air Escaping Through Open Doors or Windows

If cool air is escaping through open doors or windows, your heat pump will have to work harder to keep things comfortable. Make sure all doors and windows are closed properly and check for drafts. Adding weather stripping or caulking can help seal any leaks and keep your heat pump working only as hard as it should. 

3. Dirty Air Filter

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A dirty or clogged air filter can make it tough for your heat pump to circulate air, causing it to run nonstop. It also means it’s likely circulating allergens and other pollutants that a clean air filter would normally trap. Regularly checking and replacing your air filter is a simple way to keep your system running smoothly. The typical recommendation is to change filters every one to three months, depending on use and the manufacturer’s advice.

4. Issues With Your Condensate Pump

The condensate pump plays an important role in your heat pump’s performance. It gets rid of the moisture your heat pump collects. Look out for water leaks around the indoor unit or weird noises from the pump. If you think the condensate pump could be causing your heat pump to run continuously, it’s time to call a pro for a checkup.

5. Frozen Outdoor Unit

A frozen outdoor unit can’t operate as it should and can cause your system to run nonstop. If you spot ice on your outdoor unit, turn off the system and get a professional to take a look before attempting any repairs.

6. Evaporator Coils Are Dirty

Dirty evaporator coils can slow the heat exchange process, making your heat pump work harder and run constantly. These coils absorb heat from the air inside your home, but when they’re dirty, they can’t do their job. Regular maintenance, including cleaning the coils, can help keep your heat pump running smoothly all year. 

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Choose BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning for Trusted Heat Pump Service

At BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand how annoying it is to have a heat pump that won’t stop running. Our skilled technicians are ready to provide reliable and efficient fixes for any heat pump issues. We also offer routine maintenance services to keep your system running efficiently for longer and reduce the chances of issues. 

If you do encounter heat pump issues, we’ve got you covered there, too. Our team of NATE-certified technicians provides expert heat pump repair services and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can rest assured that your heating and cooling needs are in reliable hands. 

Trust your heat pump services to experts with over 65 years of experience in Beaver Valley. Schedule your routine maintenance, repair, or installation services today! 

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