Why is My Heat Pump in Rio Rico, AZ, Constantly Running?

by | Apr 26, 2022 | HVAC Blog

You may find yourself running your heat pump constantly during the summer in Rio Rico, AZ. Ideally, it should achieve your desired temperature after a 10- or 15-minute cycle. Heat pumps that constantly run most likely have a dirty coil, are leaking refrigerant or are too small for the home they’re cooling. Read on to learn more.

Dirty Evaporator or Condenser Coil

Two coils, one in the air handler inside your home and the other in the compressor outside, have the job of transferring heat. Both get dirty over time, and the coil in your compressor, called the condenser coil, can get covered in fallen leaves or clothes dryer lint. The resulting inability to produce cool air can cause your heat pump to run for longer than usual.

Low Refrigerant Level

If a service technician has cleaned your coils as a part of maintenance, perhaps the refrigerant that courses from one coil to the other may be too scarce to make the air cool. Usually, low refrigerant levels come about because of a leak in the refrigerant line or the service technician who installed your system may have put in too little of it.

Heat Pump Too Small for the Home

Since heat pumps come with specific heating/cooling capacities, the HVAC service technicians who install these measure the size of a homeowner’s living space and its rate of heat loss before showing their products. Maybe your service technician didn’t do this, or perhaps you added a new room to your home. In either case, a heat pump too small for your home will run continuously.

If an AC repair will fix your situation, call Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating for the initial inspection. We also replace systems when necessary, and we carry a wide range of premium products from Trane. Trust us because we have BBB accreditation and an A+ rating.

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