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I have a 5 year old heat pump (electric) Home is 5 years old and is very energy efficient with 6 inch outside walls. Do I have a problem as the air will run for 5 minutes and shut off for 5 minutes and keeps repeating this cycle. Last year it didn't do that .I had a programable therm put in in Dec 2010, Heat ran ok.

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One thing you might check is to make sure there is not cold air blowing across the thermostat from one of the vents. I've seen this many times make the thermostat short cycle.

Some less expensive thermostats may be programmed to short cycle. If you have instructions available for the thermostat, try to find information or the "heat anticipator". It may have an adjustable setting.

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There is a huge heat swing in a poorly insulated dwelling on cold days running on 5 cycles. running more cycles causes a relay trip on new honey well 8184 4009 control?


Your description, actually provided the solution ... "a poorly insulated dwelling". The unit has to run more than what is considered the norm and it's over heating causing the relay to trip. Especially, if it's having to use the Emergency Heat (that happens when temps get below 32 degrees). It's a backup system for when the Heat Pump can't get any heat out of the outside air. The Emergency Heat is either strip heaters (similar to a kitchen toaster) or an electric furnace, neither of which is very energy efficient and having to run as much as you say, is causing the circuits to overheat and trip the relay.

The bottom line is this, improve the energy efficiency of the dwelling and the heat pump will become more energy efficient and you heating and air conditioning bills will significantly decrease.

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I have baseboard electric heat. My units are 27 years old. I'd like to replace with more efficient units but can't find any comparitive data.


Hummm, well, the newer units are trying to meet or exceed energy standards, so good on you for updating. You can look at Consumer Reports data to see which is best, but this method of heat does not lend itself to the same refinements as a gas furnace, for example.
I prefer units that have oil, or fans. The oil filled gives heat without having the heating element energized.
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Sounds like first you must know if you are low on freon!!

How old is the unit?

If the central air is 20 years old or more you may not be advisable to put good money into bad!


I did replace my ac unit after 7 years of my wife bugging me that we are loosing money! On our electric bill!
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A&E Factory Service
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And they do warranty work too, for most manufactures!
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You will be fine
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