I just bought my first home in Minnesota, I moved from Texas, so winter is new to me here. I have an outdoor heat pump and I noticed it has a TON of ice around it, like a small ice rink, is this normal? On my thermostat I can put it on Heat, Cool, Auto, or Elec Heat. When I put it on auto or heat it runs off my heat pump and the air out of the vents feels cool. When I put it on Elec Heat, my furnace kicks in and I get nice hot air out of the vents. My home inspector told me to run it on auto or heat to save $ on energy and that running it on Elec will kill my furnace I don't know? Anyone know much about this? I think I have been getting bad advice up here. This is my first Minnesota winter and I took my sump pump hose off in the fall and my neighbor came over and told me to leave it on or I would have a ice rink on my side walk in the winter, he is a native to the state and I thought he would know more then myself, so I listened. The past few months my pump was running 24/7 and never dealing with one before I figured it must be normal. A few days ago my electic started shorting/flickering, so I went down and the hole for sump pump was full with bubbling water, I was confused, so I went out a lifted up the hose by the base and it exploded out with boiling hot water. How damaging is that to let your sump pump run 24/7 for a few weeks/months, can it cause electric issues, fire, etc? I am starting to miss Texas like crazy!