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Are You Dealing with a Short-Cycling AC?

Short-cycling can be one of the worst problems to experience as a homeowner. It’s generally never a good thing to experience and the repairs for this kind of problem can sometimes get incredibly expensive. It’s up to the most vigilant homeowners and HVAC specialists to find the root of the problem and figure out a good plan forward that’s cost-effective.

Is this the first time you’ve heard of the term “short-cycling?” Then you’ve been lucky before now. We’re going to talk about what short-cycling is, how it can affect the cooling process, and what you can do about it. Your number one best resource for dealing with this kind of problem, and any other problem you’re experiencing with your AC system, is to call for air conditioning repair in Winter Park, FL.

Only with the help of pros can you really get long-term solutions that make you comfortable.

What Is Short-Cycling?

Short-cycling is a term we use in the HVAC industry to talk about an air conditioner or heat pump that runs in short, incomplete cycles. An air conditioner in good shape will run for as long as it takes to cool the entire volume of air in your home. This uses all the components equally, allows the system to wind down, and doesn’t consume very much electricity in the process.

When an air conditioner short-cycles, however, it will consume much more energy as it runs short, frequent cycles. The most energy-intensive part of the cooling process is the start-up and wind-down. When a short-cycling air conditioner runs in small bursts, it uses more energy and can put a large amount of stress on certain components which will shorten the lifespan of the system dramatically.

Take a look at how frequent and long your AC is running. Is it only running for a few minutes before shutting off? Or is it enduring a whole cooling cycle? If you’re noticing the former, then call us and keep reading.

The Causes of Short-Cycling

Short-cycling can be caused by a number of different things. We’ll start with the problems that are easily dealt with and get to the more expensive fixes.

  • Clogged air filter. An air filter is supposed to be changed out ever 1-3 months. When you neglect this important part of your air conditioner, the system will begin to be stifled. With low airflow entering the air conditioner, it will be forced to run in short, frequent cycles that consume more energy than normal.
  • Refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is vital to the cooling process. When it leaks, your air conditioner has a harder time performing the cooling process. This can lead to short-cycling and eventually a system breakdown.
  • Improperly sized AC. Air conditioners need to be sized correctly when they’re installed. When an amateur skips the “load calculation” of an AC system they’re installing, this can lead to the installation of a unit that’s too large or small for your home. An AC that is the wrong size will either not be able to cool your home or will run in short-cycles.

Whether the solution is targeted repairs or a whole-system replacement, only a professional can get the job done.

Call our certified professionals at Gary Munson Heating & Air Conditioning today. You will be more comfortable with the best!

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