Short-cycling is a common problem amongst AC units and it’s usually because of two main problems: improper installation and failure to regularly maintain your AC. You might be wondering, what is short cycling and why is it a problem?
3 Reasons Why Short Cycling Is A Big Problem
Before we get into why it’s a problem, here’s a quick definition: when the AC’s compressor shuts on and off at rapid speeds your unit stops effectively releasing and managing air, AKA not working properly. Short-cycling can cause a number of problems and cost you extra in the long run. Read below to learn other issues short-cycling can present.
- Compressor Importance: Your AC Compressor is a major factor in your AC functioning properly. The compressor changes liquid refrigerant into a hot, high-pressure gas. This gas then gets absorbed from the heat indoors and releases heat externally for the cooling process. The compressor in the AC is not meant to run for longer than 15-minute cycles at a time, depending on temperature. When the AC starts these cycles faster than 15-minute intervals is when it becomes short cycling.
- Inconsistent Temperatures: One problem you will begin to notice if your AC is short-cycling, is inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. Due to the quick cycling of the compressor, your AC won’t reach certain spots in your home, making some spots warmer or cooler than others.
- Costly: Inefficient working AC’s are also inefficient for your wallet. Your energy bill will be much higher because your AC is essentially working on overtime. On top of the high energy bills, initial repairs and a short lifespan will cost you extra in the long run. Proper maintenance and regular tune-ups can reduce the likelihood of short cycling.
4 Causes and Ways To Prevent Short Cycling
- Clogged Air Filters: Change your air filters every 1-3 months for it to run more efficiently.
- Leak Repair: When your AC starts to lose refrigerant its usually because of a leak. Repair leaks or any cracks that could cause your AC to lose refrigerant.
- Thermostat: A miscalibrated thermostat can cause your AC to turn off early, especially if it misreads the temperature.
- Large AC: Some AC units can’t fit in certain spaces, for example, a commercial AC for a business might be too large for a residential home. Too large of an AC can cause short cycling almost instantly.
Short cycling can become a huge problem and isn’t something to simply ignore, but with a little maintenance and repair, it can be avoided. Call your local HVAC pro’s to help! When you call on Air Rescue, you can be confident you will receive superior service and affordable pricing. Our highly qualified team can provide the necessary repair, maintenance or service quickly, and we are always ready to respond in case of an emergency 24/7. For more information visit our website at www.airrescueflorida.com or give us a call at 813 612-5600!