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Why Short Cycling is a Sign of Trouble

Your air conditioning is okay as long as it turns on and keeps your home relatively cool, right? While that may seem to make sense, there is a problem when your AC turns on and shuts off repeatedly.

The heat is uncomfortable and intense most of the year here in Texas, and you don’t want to find yourself in need of emergency AC repair in Sugar Land. That is why a system that isn’t completing its cooling cycles is one that you should have checked out ASAP. Here is what you need to know about short cycling in your air conditioner.

Everyone should understand what short cycling is and why it’s a problem. When you hear your AC struggling with this issue, you can call our professionals quickly to diagnose and fix the problem before your system stops providing adequate cool air for your comfort.

What is Short Cycling?

Short cycling occurs when an HVAC system starts and stops repeatedly in a short period of time. Rather than running through a full cooling cycle and resting, the AC shuts off and then restarts again and again. The term “short cycle” refers to the shortened cooling cycle that results.

Why is Short Cycling Problematic?

Short cycling is a problem because your system is working harder than usual to cool your home. Your system is undergoing an unusual amount of wear and tear and you will start to notice that your home isn’t adequately cooled much of the time.

As your system works harder, it also uses a lot more energy than it should. You will notice your energy bill going up until the problem is fixed. What’s more is that, even with all of that extra energy being used, your AC won’t be able to get the job done but it will end up wearing down much faster. If short cycling goes on for too long, it can lead to a full breakdown or even an early system replacement.

Potential Causes for Short Cycling

So, what causes short cycling? There are a variety of potential causes, and we’ll give you a glimpse at the most likely options right now.

  • Refrigerant leak
  • System overheating
  • Inadequate airflow
  • Inaccurate system sizing
  • A dirty or frozen evaporator coil

Some of these issues are easier to fix than others. If you don’t have a new AC unit and short cycling is a relatively new problem, then it’s not likely that you have the wrong size system for your property. You’re looking at one of the other causes and you need a trained professional to look at all components within the system and diagnose the problem.

Put an End to the Short Cycling

Think of short cycling as communication from your AC system. It’s asking you to have a technician look inside the unit to identify a problem. Our team members treat all problems seriously, big or small. We’ll give your air conditioning system the attention it needs to function efficiently through even the hottest Texas weather.

Contact Fresh Air, L.P. to get the AC repairs you need so you can keep cool all summer long.

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