To cool your home in River Ridge, LA, your heat pump likely runs in cycles of 10 to 15 minutes. If it’s rapidly turning on and off, though, something is wrong. A short cycling in heat pump is often the result of blocked airflow, a dirty coil, or a mismatch between the system and the home, among other things.

Blocked Air Circulation

Every one to three months, homeowners should change the air filter in their return vent, or the dirt and debris caught in the filter will become an obstacle to airflow. Such an impediment will cause the blower motor to overheat as it works harder to circulate air, and your system will automatically shut down as a safety precaution. This could explain the extremely short cycles.

Dirt-Covered Coils

Another possible cause of overheating and, therefore, short cycling, is dirt buildup on the evaporator coil or condenser coil. Yearly professional maintenance can keep these and other components clean so that you can have peace of mind throughout the cooling season.

Faulty Thermostat

Maybe nothing is wrong with the AC itself. If this is the case, your thermostat is telling itself to shut down before it should. This can happen if the thermostat’s sensors have lost their accuracy and read the indoor temperature as lower than it is.

An Oversized Heat Pump

Lastly, heat pumps with a blowing capacity too great for the space they’re cooling will short cycle. Unfortunately, all you can do to resolve this is to buy a new system. Such rapid cooling leads to uneven temperatures throughout the home, and wears down a system prematurely.

Reach out to Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling, and our NATE-certified technicians will come to your home in River Ridge to inspect your short-cycling AC and perform the right repair. No make or model is unfamiliar to us, and we back all our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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