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Why Is Your AC Short-Cycling?

A short-cycling air conditioner is a big problem, but homeowners don’t often know why. That’s reasonable, it’s not exactly obvious information, and sometimes less-reputable videos and articles online can point you in the wrong direction. Since this blog post is coming from us, your most trusted local source of HVAC knowledge, you can feel confident knowing that you’re getting factually correct information. We’re not going to spin things to get you to purchase our services.

So, does having a short-cycling air conditioner mean you need repairs? Or perhaps you might need a whole new AC installation in Wellington, FL. The truth is that it depends on what’s causing the short-cycling and what needs to be done to solve the problem.

No matter what problem you encounter or the solutions you require, our team will be there to help! We provide fast, affordable, and effective air conditioning services in the Wellington area.

What Is Short-Cycling?

First of all, we need to explain what short-cycling is exactly. For newcomers and for veteran homeowners who want a quick refresher, short-cycling is a process by which your air conditioner starts running in short, frequent cycles instead of the longer more spaced-out normal cycles.

This is bad because the start-up of a cooling cycle is more energy-intensive than the rest of the process, and it also starts wearing down certain components in your system. A short-cycling air conditioner is always bad news and you should do everything in your power to get it fixed.

3 Causes of Short-Cycling

Let’s examine three unique causes of short-cycling. Keep in mind that your system might be short-cycling for a different reason since it’s a problem while also being a symptom of another issue. Make sure you call our team for an accurate diagnosis in your situation.

Refrigerant Leak

When your air conditioner starts running low on refrigerant, it will be required to run more frequently in order to perform the same amount of cooling. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if your system has the right amount of refrigerant without professional help. Our team can patch your leak and recharge your system to have the correct amount of refrigerant.

An Incorrectly Sized AC

This is a tricky problem. An air conditioner that’s too small for your home will obviously run for long periods of time and be unable to cool your space effectively or efficiently. However, an AC that’s too large will start to short-cycle because it’s cooling the air too fast. Having a large AC might seem like a good thing, but this constant short-cycling will cause energy bills to actually go up and your system to have a shorter than normal lifespan.

The Air Filter Is Clogged

Sometimes you can get lucky, and the problem is that your system just has a clogged air filter. Why not shut your air conditioner off and go check the status of this component. We recommend homeowners replace their air filters on a regular basis, and if you need any help with replacing it or choosing a new, disposable air filter, don’t hesitate to give our team a call.

Call Seaside Air Services for professional help with your short-cycling AC!

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