Why Won’t My Heat Pump Stop Running in Kissimmee, FL?

On average, your heat pump should heat your home in Kissimmee, FL, in a cycle of 10 to 15 minutes. Anything longer may be cause concern. A heat pump that doesn’t stop running may be struggling with extreme cold outside, or it may suffer from a refrigerant leak or bad coil.

Extreme Outdoor Temperatures

If the outside temperature is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, the compressor will have to take more time to absorb sufficient heat from it. That leads, through no fault of the system, to a longer cycle. If the temperatures are mild, though, the heat pump is in trouble.

Bad Condenser Coil

The problem may lie in the condenser coil, the component in the compressor that draws heat from the outside air. Perhaps it’s wearing out through old age, or the dirt and dust that have passed through the grille have covered it and are hindering its activity. Just know that regular maintenance can prevent such debris buildup.

A Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the chemical that courses through both the condenser coil outside and the evaporator coil in the indoor air handler unit. It travels through piping, which unfortunately corrodes over time. A refrigerant leak will reduce the system’s effectiveness in drawing heat into your home.

An Undersized System

Your heat pump may not have enough power to heat a home of your size. Unless you’ve added to the square footage of your home in the time since you bought the system, this would be the fault of the original installers. You can only solve this problem by replacing it with a larger unit.

If you live in Kissimmee and need a repair to address your heat pump’s long cycles, call Frank’s Air Conditioning. Our family-run business has been around for more than 30 years, and we stand by our repairs with a one-year parts warranty and a 90-day labor warranty.

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