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Why Short-Cycling Is Bad for Your AC

If you notice your AC is turning on and off quite frequently but the temperature in your home isn't cool and comfortable, your air conditioner could be short-cycling. Learn why this is bad for your air conditioner and how to solve the problem.

What Causes Short-Cycling?

There could be many reasons why your air conditioner is short-cycling. Here are a few of the most common issues we’ve seen:

  • The air filter is clogged. It should be checked at least once a month.

  • The system is losing refrigerant. This requires professional attention.

  • The thermostat is not working properly. Turn it off. Remove dust from inside the unit. Turn it back on. If it doesn't help, call a professional.

  • The unit is too large for your home. The only solution for this is a new properly sized AC system.

Why Is Short-Cycling Bad for the AC?

Short-cycling causes your unit to turn on and off often. This causes excessive wear and tear on its mechanical parts, and wastes energy as well. That translates to more frequent and costlier repair bills and a heftier energy bill.

Excessive cycling means the system never gets a break. The house isn't getting cooler, so the compressor continually cycles on and off. Your electric bill goes up as a result.

All of this wear and tear will shorten the life of the entire system. So, instead of getting the expected 15 to 20 years of use, you may have to replace it much sooner. And that is expensive.

If you suspect your air conditioner is short-cycling, check the filter. You may find it clogged. If you’re unsure if there may be a mechanical problem with your air conditioner, don’t hesitate to call Rescue Air Heating and Cooling. We can diagnose the problem and offer affordable, effective solutions.