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Why Is My Heat Pump in Fontana, CA, Short-Cycling?

Some homeowners in Fontana, CA, may think that the quicker a heat pump heats their home, the better. But they’re mistaken. The truth is that short, rapid cycles wear out a system prematurely and don’t heat a home effectively. Let’s discuss why your heat pump short-cycles and what you can do to avoid or rectify the problem.

System Is Overheating

Chances are that your system is shutting down as a safety precaution due to overheating. This can happen from a number of issues. Perhaps lack of lubrication is causing certain parts to generate more heat than is safe for the system.

Another possibility is that dirt and dust coat the coil and motor and raise their temperature each time the system starts. Or, some obstruction to airflow, such as a dirty filter, is stressing the motor. With our annual professional maintenance services, you can avoid these and other issues from developing.

Uncalibrated Thermostat

Your thermostat may be shutting the system down before you’re comfortable because it’s misreading the indoor temperature. With proper sensor calibration, the thermostat will once again let the heat pump run until it reaches your set point.

Oversized Heat Pump

Though relatively rare, you may have purchased a system with a blowing capacity too great for a home your size. HVAC sizing must take into account the home’s square footage, insulation levels, air leakage and much more. You can’t fix an oversized heat pump except by replacing it.

Metz Air Control would be happy to provide you with a heat pump repair anywhere in Fontana, CA, so call today for a convenient appointment. Our comfort advisors are NATE-certified, and their detail-oriented work has contributed to our perfect A+ rating with the BBB. We’re also a Trane Comfort Specialist, but you can rest assured that we service all brands of heat pumps.

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