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Why Does My AC Keep Cycling On and Off?

AC-toolsIt’s annoying, isn’t it? Your air conditioner starts up—you can hear it. It begins to cool your home—you can feel it. Then it abruptly cycles back down—you can’t stand it! So don’t put up with it! This is called short cycling, and it is actually a much bigger problem than many homeowners realize. As is so often the case, there are a few different reasons why your system may short cycle.

While these causes vary in terms of severity, the fact remains that a short cycling AC is not a happy AC, and you are not likely to be satisfied with its performance. When the heat of summer hits its zenith, you really need to know that your system is going to live up to your deservedly high expectations. That is why you may need to contact to schedule service with our Norfolk, VA air conditioning repair technicians. 

Okay, My AC Is Short Cycling—Now What?

Not so fast, there. We can tell you some of the potential issues that may be causing your air conditioner to short cycle. However, you have to keep in mind that the fact that there are potential causes—note the plural—means that an exact diagnosis without investigating matters further is all but impossible. There is one logical place to start, however, and it is one that you can investigate on your own.

  • A Dirty Air Filter. That’s right. This vexing problem may be no more serious than a case of a clogged air filter. We are always reminding homeowners of just how important it is to keep a clean filter in their systems, and this is one of the main reasons why. When your filter is extremely dirty, the airflow resistance created can wind up causing the system to overheat. It may short cycle in an effort to prevent damages.

If your air filter is not the obvious cause of the problem, then you’ll need to call professionals. It is in your best interest to do so promptly. Continuing to run a short-cycling system causes bills to spike and excessive wear and tear on the system. Plus, the other potential causes of the problem are more serious and can wind up doing considerable damage to the rest of your AC.

  • Failing Components. Short cycling could be caused by a thermostat reading temperatures incorrectly. It could simply think that your home is cool enough, triggering the system to shut down prematurely. You could also have a faulty run capacitor. This component keeps the system running reliably, and will need to be replaced if it is the cause of the issue.
  • Refrigerant Leaks. This is the big one. A refrigerant leak puts your system at serious risk of damage, and may even damage the compressor to the point that a full AC replacement is your best, if not your only, option. If you see ice on your coil or refrigerant lines, or if you hear a hissing sound coming from the system along with the short cycling, then a refrigerant leak is unfortunately quite likely.

House Call Company is here for all of your air conditioning service needs. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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