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Uh Oh, a Short-Cycling AC!

Short-cycling is a term we use fairly often in the HVAC industry. While we want homeowners to notice this kind of problem and call to have it fixed, it can sometimes be difficult. After all, many homeowners just think that if their air conditioner is on and working, then it’s probably fine to ignore. Unfortunately, that’s how problems like short-cycling can quickly turn into system breakdowns.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to talk about the specifics behind short-cycling. We’ll talk about what it is, what causes it, and the ways that you can get the problem addressed. Whether through air conditioning repair in Canton, GA, or by a full system replacement, short-cycling is a problem that needs to be fixed regardless of how long its been happening.

Make sure you give our team a call if you’ve started experiencing a short-cycling AC.

What Is Short-Cycling?

Short-cycling is the process by which an air conditioner or heat pump struggles to keep your home comfortable, so it completes short, frequent cycles that ultimately wear down certain components. If you turn on your air conditioner, how long does it run a cycle for? If your AC runs for 20 minutes and then cycles off, you’re probably safe from this kind of problem. However, if you’re always hearing your AC turn on, cycle for a few minutes, then turn off multiple times throughout the day, you’re most likely the victim of this problem.

Short-cycling can be caused by a multitude of problems. Most commonly, short-cycling is attributed to air conditioners that are incorrectly sized for your home. For instance, an AC that’s too large will put out too much cooling power for your home’s volume and will cut off the cycle early. An AC that’s too small will just run cycles too often since it can’t quite get enough cooling power out. If your air conditioner is improperly sized for your home, short-cycling could be the first sign that this is a problem.

The issue of short-cycling can also be caused by compounding problems like refrigerant leaks as well.

What’s the Big Problem?

You might be thinking to yourself, so what? My short-cycling air conditioner runs just fine right now!

Yes, your air conditioner might work alright now, but down the line you’re going to regret allowing it to short-cycle. An air conditioner that runs these short, frequent cycles will start wearing down specific components of the system. Over time, you’ll see specific parts that need to be replaced frequently, while other parts are barely touched. If you’re looking to minimize the cost of repairs, then you’re better off fixing this kind of problem.

The Solution

You’re going to need to call us if you want to get to the source of your struggling AC. If the problem is something like a refrigerant leak or another fixable issue, then we can provide targeted repairs to stop the system from short-cycling entirely. However, if the problem stems from your air conditioner being the wrong size for your home, nothing will completely fix this unless you get the system entirely replaced by one that does fit your home. Either way, a professional is the only one who can help you in this situation.

Contact the team at Moody Heating and Air Conditioning for help with your short-cycling AC.

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