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Why Is Short Cycling a Serious Problem?

Whether heating your home in the winter or cooling your home in the summer, you need to know that your comfort systems are operating precisely as they ought to. If either your heater or your AC is cycling down shortly after starting up, this is just not the case. Fortunately for you, we can get to the bottom of the situation.

This phenomenon of running in short bursts is called short cycling, and it can cause a number of different problems with your system. It can also be caused by a number of different issues. Read on to learn more about the potential causes of short cycling.

What Causes Short Cycling? And What Problems Does It Cause?

As stated above, there are a few different reasons as to why an HVAC system may short cycle. Your thermostat may be malfunctioning, for instance, and triggering the system to shut down earlier than it ought to. It’s also possible that you have an issue with a thermocouple in a combustion-based heater. If so, the thermocouple may be shutting down the flow of fuel to the burner, as it functions as a safety precaution. Even a dirty air filter can be to blame, creating too much airflow and causing the compressor/motor to overheat.

All of these issues can likely be resolved by a trained professional. However, your system may also just be too large for your home. Many homeowners are surprised to hear that this is a problem. If your system is too big, though, it will hit target temperatures too quickly, causing frequent short cycling. Replacing the system is necessary if this is the case and you want to resolve the problem.

Short cycling is detrimental in a few different ways. First of all, it wastes a lot of energy, driving up heating and cooling costs. Your systems use more electricity when starting up than they do when running consistently for a full cycle. Secondly, this starting and stopping can put a lot of wear and tear on the system, which increases the risk of damage and may shorten the lifespan of a system.

Let Moody Heating and Air Conditioning repair your HVAC systems in Trion, GA as needed.

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