Homeowners in Tampa, FL, use heat pumps as an efficient means to heat or cool their home. The system is designed to turn on and off periodically as it works to regulate indoor air temperatures, but doing so frequently, or “short cycling,” means it’s struggling to do its job.
Short cycling can occur in either heating or cooling mode and is stressful for your heat pump. It results in excess wear and tear that increases the need for repairs and results in higher energy costs. This inconvenience occurs for three main reasons:
Dirty or Clogged Air Filter
If your heat pump begins short cycling, the first thing you should do is check your air filter for debris and clean or replace it. Hopefully, this solves the problem. Repeat as needed for optimal efficiency.
Poorly Placed Thermostat
Thermostats can produce flawed readings if they’re located too close to heat registers, vents or windows. As a result, the thermostat signals that your home has reached the desired temperature and cues the heat pump to shut off prematurely. If you suspect this is the problem, contact a service professional to evaluate and possibly relocate the unit.
Oversized HVAC System
An undersized HVAC system is a serious problem for homeowners, but an oversized one is too, for different reasons. Oversized units heat or cool rapidly and turn off prematurely, preventing the system from reaching optimal efficiency. Since these systems usually have to be replaced to solve short cycling, it’s important to work with a trusted professional when installing a new unit.
If your heat pump is short cycling and you’d like to resolve the problem ASAP, please give Bay Area Heating and Cooling, Inc a call at 727-565-4555.