Is fixing a heat pump that is short cycling expensive?

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Old 07-10-19, 04:46 PM
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I am selling my home and the buyer's inspection report said that my heat pump is "short cycling". It is July in North Carolina and it is hot, but the house is still being cooled fine. The buyer is requesting I fix this. I called my Home Warranty Service and they are coming out to fix it. The problem is that the Due Diligence period is up on Friday and the techs can't get out here until Monday.

My question: is this a big deal/expensive to fix and what would have to be done to fix it? Will a replacement unit be necessary?

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Old 07-10-19, 05:01 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

A typical cause of short cycling is a low refrigerant charge.
Also make sure the air filter(s) are clean.
 
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Old 07-11-19, 01:29 PM
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Thank you!

Is it ever a sign that the unit needs to be replaced?
 
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Old 07-11-19, 08:10 PM
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Not really. Short cycling is just a sign of a usually repairable problem.
The unit would need to be replaced if it were older and the compressor wore out or the condenser coil rotted thru causing an unfixable refrigerant leak.
 
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Thanks. That's real helpful for me.
 
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