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I have an American Standard heat pump. My heat strips in my home are automatically turning on immediately when the heat pump starts. It heats the house up very quickly, but with the strips turning on immediately it is defeating the purpose of the heat pump savings on my electric bill. My electrical meter runs very very fast as soon as the heat pump turns on. I know this is not how the heat pump is supposed to operate. I am using a lot more electricity than I should be using. Can you tell me how to solve this? Can I adjust something on the thermostat myself? Thanks.

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Could be more to the problem
call a technician to diagnose the problem and quote

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First be sure you are wired using the heat pump letters inside the tstat. Then check the settings on the tstat. Be sure it is setup for a heat pump with backup electric heat. Try the system in cooling and see if it is cooling properly (15 to 20 degree temp difference between return and supply) or try removing the white wire from the tstat and capping safely inside and see if that keeps the heat strips off. But, as stated, there are a number of reasons why this could be happening, you need a professional.

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SOURCE: electric heat strip installation and wiring

Need to make sure your wire size to the inside unit is large enough to handle the amperage, that you have a two stage heat thermostat.

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SOURCE: Heat pump fan does not run when house heat is on

The outside fan should be running except when the Heatpump goes in to defrost mode. Then the fan stops with the compressor running and it switches the reversing valve to heat up the outdoor coil. That should last about 5 min and you may see steam come off of the outdoor coil. That's normal.
Is the compressor running? It's possible that it's stuck in defrost or the fan simply died. I hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Wiring Diagram for Ruud Heat Pump

Unfortunately, the wiring diagrams for heat pumps are not so easy to come up with. The outdoor unit will have its own diagram, but may not include the indoor air handler and will probably not include the thermostat. That said, the orange wire is commonly run from the thermostat to the reversing valve in the outdoor unit. This wire is usually not connected to the indoor airhandler. The orange wire is usually used in a unit that has the reversing valve energized in cool. Ruud, however has its reversing valve energized in heat. Probably not useful but maybe helpful
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SOURCE: Amana Heat Pump Tripping Breaker

My guess I would say, you either have a wire that is short to ground or if the contacter pulls in, then I would say the compresser is short to ground.There also could be some capacitors that could be short.

Posted on Apr 07, 2009

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