There’s nothing worse than sitting indoors in the blistering summer heat, staring daggers at the AC unit as you will it to just please turn on. Not even a summer breeze can cut through the misery of a short-cycling air conditioning system – so take care of your air conditioner repair needs before what is projected to be the hottest summer on record.
What is Short Cycling?
Short-cycling is when an HVAC system cannot complete a full cooling cycle. A normal cooling cycle starts with you setting a designated temperature, then the AC unit turns on, does its job of cooling your home, and shuts off when the thermostat indicates it has reached the right temperature. Short-cycling is an interruption of this normal functioning that can be prevented with an air conditioner repair.
Short cycling may present itself in a few different ways, but the primary symptoms are:
- Your system keeps prematurely shutting off.
- Your home is never at the right temperature.
To preserve the longevity of your HVAC system, minimize energy bills, and keep a comfortable home, you must address the repairs as soon as they’re noticed.
Why Does Short-Cycling Happen?
Wear and tear over time can cause a number of unwanted issues in your HVAC unit. Here are a few things that may be causing the short-cycling to occur:
A Too-Big AC Unit
It seems counterintuitive, but bigger isn’t better when it comes to an HVAC system. A too-big unit will cool your home too fast. This means that the HVAC system can’t properly dehumidify the air, the air will feel clammy and damp, and temperatures in your home will fluctuate rapidly. Not to mention the damage that your HVAC system will sustain as it labors through interrupted cycles.
Clogged Air Filters
HVAC systems filter the dust, dirt, and allergens out of the air that they cycle through. Over time, buildup of such debris can clog air filters. When filters can’t pull fresh air through, your system may overheat and shut off. Dirty air filters also mean that your system has to work much harder to cool down your home, sending your energy bill skyrocketing.
Low Refrigerant Levels
Low refrigerant levels can also cause your system to overheat and shut off. Usually, low refrigerant levels are caused by a leak somewhere. Inspection and repair by a professional can help solve this problem quickly.
Frozen Evaporator Coils
Various mechanical problems or running the AC in already cool temperatures can cause ice to form on the evaporator coils. If you discover this problem, try shutting down the unit and allowing the coils to fully thaw. This temporary fix can keep you comfortable until a professional can inspect the coils and determine the root cause of the problem.
A broken AC unit can throw a wrench in your day, but luckily you can prevent such unwanted occurences with regular maintenance and the occasional air conditioner repair.
Air Conditioner Repair
For excellent air conditioner repair and maintenance services, Shepherd’s is your one-stop shop. Give us a call today at (650) 422-2466 to learn more about how our services guarantee a properly air-conditioned summer.