When an air conditioning system seems to turn on and off frequently and multiple times during the day without properly cooling the inside of the home, this is a malfunction called short cycling. There are several reasons or causes for short cycling to occur. When an air conditioner experiences short cycling it doesn’t just mean your home isn’t cooling down properly, it also affects your unit’s efficiency causing your energy bill to be higher than necessary. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning will share the common reasons as to why an air conditioning unit will have short cycling problems.
Air Conditioner Compressor Damage
The compressor is a major component to the air conditioner. If the compressor is damaged either through force or through the use of time the rest of the air conditioning system will have short cycling problem. This is often due to over heating and if the compressor isn’t keeping the air conditioner cooled down properly. If you’re experiencing short cycling is may be due a broken or damaged compressor. Repairing or replacing a compressor is quick work and rather inexpensive.
Frozen AC Unit Coils
If you’re noticing the coils icing up on your air conditioning unit, this could be due to several problems. Most commonly icing on the coils is due to either too much dirt accumulated on the coils or a dirty air filter. Regardless of the reason as to why the coils are icing up it can cause short cycle. You can start by changing out your filters or call an air HVAC technician to come and clean the coils. An experienced homeowner who knows how to clean coils correctly could take on this task. However if you have never undertaken the task of cleaning your air conditioning coils you may want to leave it to the professionals. Coils can become easily damaged if not cleaned correctly.
Oversized Air Conditioner Problems
There are times when there is too much power that is being used for the space that is actually needed to be cooled down. That alone can cause short cycling to occur. This occurs when a larger unit is installed than what was actually needed. Sometimes the homeowner requests a larger unit in hopes to cool the interior of their home more efficiently. This is a common misconception, and it never works correctly when an oversized unit is being used. Modern units are designed to run more efficiently. More importantly, they are also designed to cool a certain amount of square footage within a home.
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Short cycling can be a frustrating problem to have especially in the heat of summer time, with the rising temperatures you may want to make sure that you maintain your indoor air temperature at a comfortable level. If you’re beginning to notice short cycling occurring with your air conditioning unit, don’t hesitate to contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning. We can come and help either maintain or repair your unit. We are dedicated in keeping you and all of your household members cool this summer season.