What is Air Conditioner Short Cycling?
Short cycling occurs when an air conditioner stops cooling prematurely only to start up again after a short period of time and shut off again without reaching the desired temperature.
This puts an unnecessary and more frequent strain on your air conditioner, which leads to you having a higher energy bill for the month and the chance your air conditioner could break down.
Those aren’t good things, so let’s go through 3 reasons why your air conditioner is short cycling and what you can do about it.
3 Causes of AC Short Cycling
1. Faulty Thermostat
A faulty thermostat could be tricking your air conditioner into thinking a room has reached a temperature it hasn’t.
Why does this happen?
The thermostat could be broken, in which case it’ll need to be repaired or replaced. Or the thermostat could be in a warmer part of the house, maybe getting direct sunlight near a window. If this is the case, try blocking some of the sunlight that directly hits it.
2. Oversized AC Unit
An air conditioner unit that’s too big gets the job done too quickly.
Sound like a good thing?
Many people think it is. But while this may not sound like a problem, having an oversized AC unit could lead to jarring temperature swings in your home or space that will also stress the system.
3. Clogged or Dirty AC Filter
A clogged or dirty AC has to work that much harder to push cool air into your home.
Makes sense right? Dirt and other debris obstruct the flow of air, so it takes more energy for the system to reach the desired temperature. At a certain point, if your system’s airflow becomes too clogged, it will shut down.
Be sure to clean your air filter once every month. And maybe even more during the summer months.
Contact Colman Heating & Air Conditioning Today for AC Service Repair
All three of these issues lead you to have a higher energy bill each month. If you’re experiencing any of these issues or want to see how you can lower your energy bills, we can repair, offer maintenance or replace your AC so you can save in the long run and live comfortably in your home. For more questions about short cycling and all question about air conditioning, call Colman Heating & Air Conditioning at (321) 269-4565.