As we get ready to turn on our AC systems for the summer months ahead, it’s time to take a good look at your unit to make sure it’s up to the task. There are several problems that can arise with your AC system, and one of them is short cycling. If you have a short cycling issue, you want to take care of it before the summer gets here so you stay comfortable during the warmest parts of the year. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about short cycling and why you don’t want to be dealing with it.
What is Considered Short Cycling?
Short cycling is one of the most common issues that we see in AC units. It is also one of the most harmful to your unit if it continues for too long. Short cycling happens when your AC unit doesn’t have the chance to complete a full cooling cycle without turning off again. It will kick on and before you know it, it is shutting off again. The unit is constantly in a state of the startup cycle. This can be extremely damaging if it is allowed to go on for too long.
What Causes Short Cycling of an AC Compressor?
Short cycling is something that happens as a result of something going wrong with your unit. This is a product of a problem. There are a few problems that can be the cause of short cycling.
– Wrong Sized AC Unit: One of the most common causes of short cycling is a unit that is too large for your home. Your unit needs to be determined solely off the square footage inside your home and can be determined by a professional who knows how to calculate that. This can be an expensive problem to have as the only way to solve it is to get a new AC unit installed.
– Low Refrigerant: You need a certain amount of refrigerant in your system to effectively cool your home. Since this is located in a closed system, the only way that you would ever run low on refrigerant is if you had a leak somewhere in your unit. Sometimes, leaks can be fixed. Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense to fix the leak because the unit is older and, on its way, out anyway.
– Dirty Air Filter: Every AC unit needs proper airflow to work properly. Your filter should be changed every 1-3 months to keep your system working well. If you don’t remember the last time you changed your filter, chances are, it’s time.
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If you’re having issues with your AC system or haven’t had it tuned up to get ready for summer yet, you can call on Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning to ensure your AC us up for the task this summer. We will make sure there are no issues that need to be addressed as you move into the summer months. We will handle all of your repairs as well as maintenance and replacement. Call us today!