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Is Your Central AC Short Cycling?

This is the time of year where customers turn on their systems to find them running less than perfectly. Perhaps you’re more keenly aware of the noise since it’s been a long winter, or maybe you’ve just started following our blog so you’re more knowledgeable in this industry. Either way, an air conditioner has one right way to work and it’s up to you to know what it is.

Short cycling is a phenomenon where an air conditioner runs in short, frequent bursts instead of longer and more powerful cycles. Short cycling might just sound like a quirk at first glance, but it’s serious problem that can lead to heavy deterioration and the early replacement of your central AC unit.

So, while you’re reading this blog post, make sure you call our team for central AC service in Kalispell, MT and continue to learn more about how an AC might start to short cycle, and what that means for you.

Why Short Cycling Is Bad

Short cycling is a big problem, primarily because of what it does to the interior components of your air conditioner. Your system is designed to endure a certain amount of pressure while it cools your home, and this is exhibited throughout the entire cooling cycle. This means that a short cycle leaves some parts of your air conditioner barely touched, while other components get worn down twice as fast.

Basically, unless short cycling gets fixed, you might find yourself with a system that’s falling apart in only a few years instead of a system that can go 10, 12, or even 15 years without the need to be replaced.

Also, short cycling can run up your electricity bill as well. The most energy-intensive part of the cooling cycle is the start-up. If your air conditioner is starting up more times throughout the day, it’s going to be using more energy, more frequently. This is not good and it will ultimately lead you to lose money month after month.

The Causes of Short Cycling

There are many different ways an air conditioner can short cycle. While we can tell you a few of the most common reasons, this is what professional diagnosis is for. A pro will be able to locate and repair the source of the problem fast, which is why repairs are always necessary.

A refrigerant leak is one of the most common causes of short cycling, since there’s not enough refrigerant to complete a full cooling cycle. It only gets worse over time.

The coils could be frozen, which is a problem in and of itself. This can lead your system to abruptly shut down.

The air filter could be clogged. If the system doesn’t get enough airflow, it might shut down early to avoid overheating. Make sure you change out your air filter now.

Repair or Replacement?

Sometimes, a short cycling air conditioner could be problematic due to the fact that it was installed incorrectly. A system that’s poorly sized will short cycle and cause problems throughout its lifespan. The only fix, in this case, is a replacement. For any other cause of short cycling, our team can provide repairs quickly and effectively.

You’re not alone! We are Here to Save the Day! Contact Bill’s Superheat, Inc.

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