What to Do When Your Heat Pump Won’t Turn Off

Hot summers and reasonable winters are the hallmarks of a typical Nevada year, with temperatures never reaching the extremes other places are known for. It’s for this reason many a trustworthy air conditioning installation contractor recommend heat pumps to perform heating and cooling roles in homes across the state.

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Heat pumps operate differently than the usual air conditioning and heating systems so some homeowners might find it a little odd and challenging at first. Some problems might not even seem like problems until it becomes worse. One such issue occurs when heat pumps appear as if they never turn off. Our HVAC specialists at Sierra Air offer the following tips to resolve problems with continuously running heat pumps.

What’s the Matter?

As both a heating and air conditioning system, heat pumps don’t necessarily “produce” heat. Instead, they transfer heat from one place to another. This process is slow and gradual compared to the instantaneous cooling or heating of an AC or furnace. In particularly cold winters, heat pumps may take more time to reach and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and appear as if it never turns off.

Other Sources of Issues

Heat pump problems can also be caused by a malfunctioning contactor. A contactor manages the power input that goes into a heat pump compressor. Think of it as the electric meter that feeds the unit directly. Any issues with the contactor can cause a heat pump to run longer than it should and fail to shut down like normal.

How to Fix Power Troubles

Contactor problems should be handled only by licensed heating and air conditioning repair technicians. If you are experiencing difficulty in managing how your heat pump turns on or off, call your local HVAC company for service right away.

At Sierra Air, we are your number one go-to resource for all your HVAC and heat pump issues. Give us a call at (775) 800-5500 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service visit today. We serve homeowners in Reno, NV as well as in all surrounding areas.