When it comes to the comfort of your home (and how much it costs you to keep your home comfortable), an air conditioner that repeatedly turns off and on is your worst enemy.
This all too common problem plagues an abundant number of homeowners who don’t even realize there is an issue. Not only does this process of short AC cycles decrease the comfort of your home, but it can increase your energy costs all while putting excess strain on your air conditioning system. But fear not, homeowner. While an AC that frequently turns off and on may be a common issue, you don’t have to be another victim. Read on to learn what exactly short cycling is, the symptoms, and what you can do to stop or prevent it.
What Is Short Cycling?
Air conditioning systems work in cycles. They start by kicking on (which you will hear) and circulating cooled or heated air throughout your home until it reaches the desired temperature, which you set via your thermostat. While every air conditioning system is different, the average system will take around 15 to 20 minutes per cycle.
Sometimes, you may notice that your air conditioning system will kick on, only for it to complete a cycle just a few minutes later. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that your system is efficiently cooling or heating your home. Rather, it is likely indicative of an underlying issue.
3 Reasons Why Your AC Keeps Turning Off and On Repeatedly
If you’ve noticed your air conditioning system is short cycling, these are three common culprits.
1. Your air filter is clogged
Short cycling can occur when your air filter is clogged. As the air filter works to collect debris, it can become bogged down, which is why air filters should be changed on a regular basis. Forgoing this easy part of routine AC maintenance can cause your system to short cycle. For good measure, check your air filter each month and swap it for a clean one if necessary.
2. Your air conditioning system is low on refrigerant
Low amounts of refrigerant in your air conditioning system can cause it to short cycle too. Too little refrigerant means your air conditioning system won’t be able to cool your home properly and will result in short cycling and increased energy bills as a result. Low refrigerant is often a sign of a leak, which should be addressed by an AC professional.
3. Your air conditioning system is too big
Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to the size of your air conditioning system. An AC that is too large can cool your home too quickly, meaning your system will constantly be cycling on and off. In addition, this can cause dramatic temperature changes in your home. If you think your air conditioning system may be too big for your home, call your local HVAC professional to perform an inspection.
Prevent Short Cycling With The Professionals at Sansone
If you suspect your air conditioning system is short cycling, contact the HVAC professionals at Sansone. Our team offers quality air conditioning and heating repairs for both residential and commercial properties. Contact us today to learn more or schedule your service appointment online at your convenience.