You likely chose a heat pump because you heard about the benefits it provides, such as energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality. If you notice your heat pump running constantly, you’re likely concerned why it does that. Below are four reasons why the heat pump in your Wake County, NC, home runs constantly.
1. Blocked or Dirty Coils
Heat pumps operate by transferring heat outside or inside, and when in heating mode, the refrigerant in your heating system draws heat from the air outside and carries it into your home. When the condenser coils in your outdoor unit are coated with dirt, your heat pump will struggle to transfer heat.
2. You Have an Older System
Heat pumps last awhile, but they don’t last forever. The efficiency of your heating system reduces as it ages, especially if it’s more than 15 years old. While routine HVAC maintenance keeps your heating system running longer, there comes a time when it’s wise to start shopping for a new heating system.
3. Refrigerant Leak
A heat pump uses a liquid refrigerant to move heat inside and outside your home. If your heating system has a leak, it won’t transfer heat properly or efficiently, which results in your system working harder to keep you comfortable. If you have a refrigerant leak, it’s best to hire an HVAC technician as refrigerant is toxic and will impact your indoor air quality, even at low exposure.
4. Too Cold Outside
If the temperature is too cold outside, usually below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, your heat pumps struggle to draw heat from the air outside. When this happens, your heating systm will access it’s heat strip to provide the warm air to stay comfortable.
If you’re experiencing one of the issues above or you believe you may have a different issue with your heat pump, you can rely on us to take care of it. Contact Alford Mechanical today for your heat pump servicing needs.
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