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My heat pump starts up in the defrost cycle.

Heat pump starts up in the defrost cycle. It runs for a long time in this mode before finnally kicking in for heat. By then the house is warmed by the heat strips and the pump is now ready to shut down. Please help, thanks.
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My question may seem a little ignorant but How do you know your heat pump starts in defrost? You can't tell by "feel". You have to measure heat with a thermometer. If its because it "feels cold" your body temp is normally 98.6'f if your heat pump is in cold air outside (say below 40 or 45'f) and its putting out 85 to 98'f air inside your home is gaining even if it feels cold to you. Hearing the reversing valve kick in or out? Just because you hear this doesn't mean its in defrost, it may normally start this way.

Now if its running for a long time? That's subject to your interpretation of long time. It could be normal too especially if the air outside is getting colder and your house is needing more heat to keep it comfortable for you. The longer the heat pump runs means the more electric it is saving you.

The one thing that makes me believe this is all normal is the fact you say the elements kick on and warm up the home before it shuts off. So heres one way to kind of tell where your at:
1 Are the filters cean?
2 When the weather warms up does the Heat pump run as long?
3 Does *** run longer as the night gets colder?
4 Does it defrost at times and you see steam coming off the out door part and the out door fan stop?
5 does it make a swishing noise just before it defrosts and maybe after it defrost?
6 does it make ice build up around the base if its been running for a few days?
7 does the air comming out the ducts test at least 5 to 8'f warmer or more, than the room temperature?

If all of these are yes then most likely you have a normal operation going on.

If the elements are coming on that usually means the heat pump cant handle the load by itself. Remember this :
It uses less electricity to run the fan motors and the compressor < 18 amps in cold weather. Typically with everything clean heating output on a 5 ton somewhere around 50,000BTUH [a 3 ton will put out around 28,000 btuh and only pull about 12 amps] you would have the indoor fan motor running any way with either of the heating systems so it isnt needed to count for effiency.
1 heating element 5KW at 240V about 20.83 Amps and it puts out only around 17,000 Btuh. But the heating element glowes red hot and consentrates heat in a shorter time thus it "feels" warmer, which it is but its not cheaper.

If this help\ed you understand your heat pump operation and you feel like it is normal now please rate me as high as you can. If you feel you you may still ahve a problem please post it and the answers to the questions above as to narrow your scope of what to look for. Thanks for using fixya and good luck.

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