When your air conditioner is functioning properly, it will cycle on and off from time to time, but it shouldn’t do so frequently. If the AC system in your Clearwater, Florida, home is turning on and off often, this is known as short cycling. Here are some common causes of short cycling.
The AC System is Too Large
If your air conditioner is too large, it will quickly achieve your desired temperature and shut off. Unfortunately, a quick blast of cool air isn’t sufficient to sustain that temperature, so your air conditioner will have to turn on again shorty. This is hard on your system and will result in more frequent repairs, a shorter system lifespan, and higher utility bills. Our technicians can evaluate your system and help you determine whether it’s properly sized for your home.
The Refrigerant is Low
If your air conditioner doesn’t have enough refrigerant, it won’t have the capacity to cool your home properly. This puts added strain on the system and may cause it to turn on and off more frequently than usual. Refrigerant isn’t something that your system should use up. If it’s low, this typically indicates a leak. Our technicians will check your refrigerant levels at every tune-up to make sure they’re not low and help you prevent this type of problem.
Your Filter is Dirty
A clogged air filter puts added strain on your air conditioner as it tries to pull air through fabric caked in dirt and dust. You should change the filter at least once every three months. Check it monthly for a visible buildup of dust, and change as needed for the best AC performance.
If your air conditioner is turning on and off frequently, you should look into the problem as soon as possible. Contact Bay Area Heating and Cooling, Inc. at 727-565-4555 for your AC repair needs.