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Tempstar heat pump: want to bypass defrost thermostat

Our heat pump is wanting to go into defrost mode constantly when we have it turned to heat. It attempts to go into defrost, but it sounds as if it keeps tripping a switch on and off and it repeatedly gets louder. So we end up using the emergency setting when this occurs.

We live in Clearwater, FL and I don't think we really need the defrost cycle. Can I bypass it? It's a Tempstar heat pump that was installed when the house was built in ''91''. It has served us well with no problems.

Thank you for your kind response,

Mr. K. Greene

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Don't attempt to bypass defrost mode. If it's cold enough to use as a heat pump, it's cold enough to need the defrost cycle.

It sounds like a sensor issue, although it may be the controller board.

Unless you know how to work on equipment like this, I urge you to get a professional to service the unit for you.

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Sound to me that you might have more of a defrost sensor problem or micro board in the condenser (outside unit).. and no you should not bypass what its design for, it can hurt your unit... and at 18yrs old unit.. thats a good one...good luck..mike

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