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How Short Cycling Hurts Your AC

Monday, August 26th, 2019 at 11:00 am

FanYou’ve noticed that something is a little “off” about your air conditioner, but you can’t exactly pinpoint what it is. You’ve definitely noticed an irregularity. However it’s not a problem so egregious that your hands are racing for the phone to call a professional.

Those gray area air conditioning issues are often the worst because you don’t know the right time to call. If you’re looking for air conditioning repair in Hanford, CA, you can rely on the professionals on our team. We’re the best team for the job. We can pinpoint those subtle air conditioning problems in a flash and ensure that your home is back on track for the rest of this summer and every summer after that. Contact us as soon as possible.

What Is Short Cycling?

So let’s start from the beginning before we get into any of the finer details—what is short cycling?

Well “short cycling” is HVAC industry jargon to describe the process of your air conditioner (or sometimes even your heater) turning on and off too often. If you come home, turn on the air conditioner, hear it run for a few minutes to cool off your home a bit, hear it shut off and then start again multiple times an hour, you’re experiencing short cycling.

Short cycling is such a burden to your home because it wears down your air conditioner fast, raises your air conditioning bill, and makes it hard for you to get cool in your home and stay cool. Just because your air conditioner short cycling isn’t causing a problem right now doesn’t mean that you’re not going to have a problem in the future. Contact us today and we can fix this problem.

Why Short Cycling Happens

So why is short cycling happening in your home? It can happen for a few of the following reasons.

Clogged Air Filters

A clogged air filter blocks the air moving correctly throughout your air conditioning system. A clogged air filter can cause your AC system to overheat, malfunction, or even short cycle at times. If you’re not cleaning or replacing the air filter in your heating system on a routine basis, take this as a sign to start now. It’s a small thing you can do that makes a huge impact on your air conditioning system.

Your AC Is Incorrectly Sized

If you’re looking to get an air conditioner installed in your home, it’s vital to have a professional team size your air conditioning system. It’s common for homeowners to think that only an undersized unit is a problem. However, an oversized air conditioning unit is just as big a burden. Oversized units cause short cycling because they emit way too much cool air into your home too quickly.

You’ve Got a Refrigerant Leak

If you notice low airflow, warm air blowing from the vents, or short cycling, the problem could actually be a refrigerant leak. Contact our team—we’ll fix your home’s air conditioner and restore its refrigerant levels.

Contact Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating today. You can schedule an appointment for stellar air conditioning repair services.

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