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4 Signs Your Heat Pump in Center Point, AL is The Wrong Size

The heat pump in your Center Point, AL home keeps you cool during the summer and warm in the winter. However, the system needs to be the right size to do so effectively and efficiently. If you notice any of these four signs, you may have a mis-sized heat pump that needs replacing.

1. Running Constantly

Ideally, your heating and cooling system should stop running after it meets your indoor temperature needs, typically in 15 minute intervals. An undersized system never stops running because your home’s heating and cooling needs exceed its capacity.

A system that works without pausing, breaks down often due to the wear and tear. More breakdowns translate to increased repair costs.

2. Short Cycling

Short cycling is a situation where a heat pump turns on and off more times than normal. Multiple issues can make it short cycle. One of the most common causes of short cycling is an oversized system.

If you have an oversized system, it distributes the cooled or heated air too quickly in the rooms closest to the system, and shuts down. Since the cooled air doesn’t reach all areas in your home, your thermostat prompts the heat pump to start working again to meet your desired indoor temperatures. The HVAC system also does not run long enough to dehumidify your home, so it may feel clammy.

3. High Energy Bills

A compressor consumes the most energy when your heat pump is starting. Therefore, if it starts multiple times, the compressor will consume excessive energy. Also, your system will consume too much energy if it never takes breaks.

4. High Levels of Indoor Humidity

Your heat pump needs time to absorb excessive moisture in your indoor air. So, if it shuts down too soon, it cannot maintain the humidity levels you desire.

Before you buy and install a new HVAC system, request a professional to help you find a correctly sized system for your home to avoid these issues. Call the heat pump experts at One Source Heating, Cooling & Electrical whenever you need to replace your HVAC system.

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