Considering just how hot it can get around here during the summer season, we probably don’t need to tell you that you are going to want to have any problems with your air conditioning resolved in a prompt manner when they arise. What you may need reminding of, however, is that not all problems are going to result in an immediate breakdown. The fact that your air conditioner is starting up, and even the fact that it is pumping out some cooled air, does not mean that the system is functioning properly.
Short cycling is a common air conditioning problem that many homeowners encounter. Because the system is technically functional, even if it is running erratically, many homeowners fail to address the issue in a prompt manner. This is a huge disservice to the system, as well as to those homeowners’ comfort. Today, we’re going to discuss why you’ll want to get in touch with our Kennesaw AC repair pros as soon as you notice that your system is short cycling.
What Is Short Cycling?
Short cycling is a situation in which your air conditioner is starting up, but runs only briefly before it cycles back down. Yes, it may blow cool air into your home during this brief window, but your air conditioner is not supposed to be functioning this way. It should run in full, even cooling cycles. If it is running in short bursts, then something is wrong.
But What’s the Big Deal?
A short cycling air conditioner is not an air conditioner that is functioning properly. An improperly functioning air conditioner is going to suffer a number of different consequences. In the event of short cycling, you may encounter any or all of the following:
- Reduced comfort, as the system struggles to cool your home effectively and does not remove as much humidity as it normally would.
- Higher energy costs, as starting a system up over and over again results in higher energy consumption than running consistently.
- Increased risk of damages, as the wear and tear place upon your system is high then it normally is.
What’s the Cause/Solution?
There are a few different reasons why an air conditioner may short cycle, and some are definitely more serious than others.
- An extremely dirty air filter could be to blame. If the filter is dirty enough, then it can increase airflow resistance so much that the system will shut down in order to prevent overheating.
- Faulty components, such as a thermostat or capacitor, could be the problem. A malfunctioning thermostat may register household temperatures incorrectly, while a faulty run capacitor will fail to maintain a consistent charge for your system to run on.
- Refrigerant leaks could also be the problem, and they are quite serious indeed. If you don’t find a dirty air filter upon investigating, contact us immediately. If you do have a refrigerant leak, continuing to run your system could do irrevocable damage.
Schedule your air conditioning repair services with Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.