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The Problem of Air Conditioner Short Cycling

Is your air conditioner turning itself on and off every few minutes? If so, then you have a problem. That behavior is known as short cycling. While it may seem like a harmless quirk, it can actually cause immense damage to the air conditioner if it isn’t dealt with as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of short cycling, and why it’s such a threat to the system.


Short cycling can be caused by a number of things. A malfunctioning thermostat could be sending erratic messages to the air conditioner, causing it to turn on and off at odd times. It’s also possible that the compressor in the system is damaged or faulty. The compressor is the part of the system responsible for circulating refrigerant gas between the evaporator coil and the condenser coil. The compressor also helps maintain the rhythm of the system. If the compressor is damaged, as can happen if liquid refrigerant makes it into the chamber, it will throw off the operating rhythm of the air conditioner. This will cause the system to short cycle.

Negative Effects

The problem with short cycling is that it puts the air conditioner under an immense amount of strain. Air conditioners are designed to operate in set cycles, and shortening that cycle will cause various parts of the system to wear down faster than they normally would. This will cause parts of the air conditioner to break down more often, and will shorten the overall lifespan of the system by quite a few years. If you want your air conditioner to remain in good shape, call for repairs as soon as you notice this happening.

Switzerland Air provides air conditioner repair services throughout Angleton, TX. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. 

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