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My Heat Pump Runs Constantly. Is That Normal?

heat pump service new yorkIf this is your first winter using a heat pump, you might be surprised to learn that it runs almost constantly. Don’t worry – it’s supposed to work that way.

Your heat pump is designed to run frequently as it works to regulate the temperature in your Sullivan County home. Unlike a furnace, which distributes heated air through your living space for short bursts, a heat pump is continually making micro adjustments to the air in your home, pulling in heat from outdoor air to keep your home at a constant, comfortable temperature.

As long as your heat pump is properly matched to the size and layout of your home, equipped with a supplemental heat source for extreme drops in temperature, and properly maintained by professionals, it should continue to do its job without complications.

Heat Pump Troubleshooting

If you think that your heat pump might be running more than it should – or isn’t keeping you as comfortable as you thought it would – the problem could warrant further investigation. But before you call us for service, it pays to do a little detective work of your own.

Before calling us for a heat pump repair, check for these problems:

  • Open windows/doors – If your windows or doors are open, your heat pump will struggle to reach your target thermostat temperature.
  • A mis-set thermostat – Setting your thermostat temperature too high will keep your heat pump working longer and harder than necessary. Aim for a temperature of 68 degrees during winter – a temperature that best balances efficiency and comfort, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • A clogged air filter – A blocked air filter will force the system to work harder (and more often) to push air through ducts and into your home.
  • A malfunctioning condensate pump – A condensate pump collects water that builds up within your heat pump system, then sends that water outside your home. If it isn’t working properly, your heat pump could keep running – or stop altogether.

Heat pump repairs in Sullivan County, NY
If you’ve ruled out these problems and still can’t get your heat pump to work normally, it’s time to reach out to the most reliable heat pump repair specialist in New York State – Black Bear. Our experts will work quickly to get your equipment running right again so you can continue to enjoy your home for the rest of winter and beyond.

Looking for heat pump installations, heat pump repairs, or heat pump maintenance in the Sulivan County? Trust the pros at Black Bear. Contact us today to learn more!