Is Your Air Conditioner Short Cycling?

air conditioner short cycling, AC short cyclingWith summer comes higher AC use. This puts stress on the HVAC system, especially if it isn’t an energy-efficient model. This also leaves the system prone to air conditioner short cycling. We’ll explain what this is and how it can damage the AC unit.

AC Short Cycling at a Glance

You may notice that the AC automatically turns on and off. This is normal and allows the system to adjust and maintain the optimal temperature. However, short cycling occurs when the on and off cycles occur far more often than normal. This puts wear and tear on the system, and it decreases energy efficiency. You’ll eventually have to turn the setting higher just to have the same cooling effect.

What Causes Air Conditioner Short Cycling?

Numerous factors can lead to short cycling. One common cause is an ill-fitting air conditioning system. If the AC unit is too large for your home, the interior will cool too quickly. This causes the system to constantly readjust and create temperature swings.

Another cause is a clogged air filter. When the filter is dirty, the AC has to work harder to compensate for the reduced airflow. This places undue stress on the compressor and blower motor. Checking the filter is a fairly simple DIY process. If the problem persists after replacing or cleaning the filter, then you have a more serious issue at hand.

You may also have an issue with the evaporator coils. When ice forms around the coils, it causes a domino effect of problems that forces the AC to short cycle.

We Put a Stop to AC Short Cycling

If you notice your AC constantly stopping and restarting, then it may be short cycling. Contact All Points Heating to determine the cause. If the air conditioner is short cycling, then the system has underlying issues that require professional repairs.

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