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What You Need to Know About Air Conditioner Short Cycling

air-conditionerBefore you shut off your air conditioner for the year, did you happen to notice if it was turning on and off every couple of minutes? If so, you might want to have a professional come look at it before you start using it again. That behavior is called short cycling, and it’s a serious threat to the health of the system. If you leave the problem alone, you will not only have to pay more for repairs in the long run, but will likely have to replace the entire system much sooner than you would otherwise have to. Read on to find out more about short cycling, what causes it, and why you shouldn’t wait to have it checked out.

Damage Caused by Short Cycling

Short cycling is one of those problems that affects pretty much every level of the air conditioner’s operation. First off, it seriously cuts into the amount of cool air that the system can put out at a given time. This is because it prevents the air conditioner from actually completing a full cooling cycle. The air conditioner is designed to operate in these cycles, and shutting down after a minute or two is not going to be enough time to enact meaningful temperature change in the home.

Second, short cycling drastically ramps up the rate at which the air conditioner builds up wear and tear. This is the main threat that short cycling poses, and why it needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Letting the system short cycle all the time will cause various parts of the system to wear out faster. This makes it a lot easier for those parts to break down, which means you need to spend money and time getting them repaired. If the system is allowed to short cycle for a really long time, like a year or more, the extent of the wear and tear can actually shorten the lifespan of the system itself. This is why it’s so important that you call for repairs as soon as you notice your system doing this.

What Causes Short Cycling?

There are a couple of different things that commonly cause an air conditioner to short cycle. The first is simply an electrical issue, usually a short circuit, between the thermostat and the air conditioner itself. This can cause the air conditioner to receive incorrect signals from the thermostat, causing it to short cycle.

The other common cause of short cycling is a damaged compressor, which is a part responsible for pumping refrigerant through the system. The compressor helps to keep the air conditioner operating in the right rhythm, so when the compressor malfunctions, the system can be thrown off. You’ll need to have a professional examine your air conditioner to tell for certain what the cause is. Regardless, though, you should do it soon.

Switzerland Air provides comprehensive air conditioner repair services in Lake Jackson, TX. If you need air conditioning services, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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