Should Your Heat Pump Be Running Constantly?

HVAC technology trends

As far as HVAC technology trends go, heat pumps have seen the greatest increase in popularity and usage in recent years. However, despite its widespread use, many homeowners are still in the dark about how exactly a heat pump functions. Because heat pumps operate a little differently than conventional AC and heating systems, some people may find certain behaviors a little confusing.

One such behavior is the fact that heat pumps appear to always be running. Normally, a furnace or boiler, or pretty much any other heating unit, will run until it reaches the temperature indicated on the thermostat. At this point, they often run in low mode, or even stop completely. Here our experts at McLay Services explain why it may seem like your heat pump is constantly running, and whether or not this is a cause for concern.

Air leaks. It’s a good idea to have a surge protector for your AC unit’s health to keep it in good condition. Sometimes, however, if something goes awry, you may find that the problem isn’t in the HVAC unit itself but rather in other parts of your home. Windows and doors, for example, account for up to 30% of heat loss in the average home. This could lead to your HVAC unit, including the heat pump, running constantly to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.

Improper sizing. One of the biggest reasons why HVAC installations are best handled by a professional is proper sizing. HVAC units that aren’t sized correctly, particularly those that are too small for your home, will run continuously. This can decrease your home’s efficiency and may even cause your utility bills to increase.

Nothing to Worry About

Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one area of your home to another. A heat pump that runs constantly usually has problems caused by something else entirely. However, if you think that your heat pump may be exhibiting other signs of a problem, call your local HVAC technician for an inspection right away.

Our experienced professionals at McLay Services can help you keep your heat pump running smoothly and efficiently. Give us a call at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation or request a free estimate on new HVAC installations today. We serve homeowners in La Verne, as well as other nearby areas in CA.

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