We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
When it comes to maintaining your heat pump and your home’s temperature, Arkansas residents can benefit from fully understanding the system’s defrost cycle. Knowing the benefits it provides and precisely how it works will give you a better understanding of how this process is performed.
Why Is The Heat Pump Defrost Cycle Necessary?
As temperatures plummet during the winter months, your home’s heat pump begins to compensate but at times frost can form, which inhibits the pump from running effectively. As the cold outdoor air reacts with the heat pump’s outdoor coils, frost may begin to build up, usually due to humidity, causing the pump to work excessively hard.
How Does The Heat Pump Defrost Cycle Work?
To ensure your heat pump’s energy efficiency, the defrost cycle can be used to eliminate any frost buildup on your heat pump’s outdoor coils. When the defrost cycle is activated, the heat pump temporarily operates in reverse, using its cooling cycle to warm the outdoor coils until the frost has evaporated. The heat pump’s outdoor fans are temporarily shut off during this cycle to hasten the process. A special thermostat, located underneath the outdoor coils, is able to detect this frost and engages the defrost cycle when necessary. A built-in timer allows the defrost cycle to run at set intervals, usually lasting between 30 and 90 minutes, until the outdoor thermostat reaches the desired temperature. Once frost is eliminated, the heat pump’s cycle returns to heating and is able to run smoothly and more efficiently.