Why Short Cycling is Bad For Your Air Conditioner

Does your air conditioner start up then shut down after a few minutes? You may think that since it is indeed starting that it is doing its job, but that is not quite right. A full air conditioning cycle should run for around 15 minutes at least. One or two minutes definitely isn’t getting the job done. Furthermore, this “short cycle” is incredibly hard on your air conditioner.

Why Short Cycling is Bad For Your Air Conditioner

What Causes Short Cycling in an Air Conditioner?

There are a number of reasons an air conditioner can short cycle, these include:

  • Your new air conditioner unit is too big for your home.
  • Your AC is leaking refrigerant
  • The thermostat is malfunctioning
  • The air filter is clogged

Why is Short Cycling Bad for an Air Conditioner?

All of these need addressed because it is hurting your system. When an air conditioner unit short cycles, it is simply turning on and off more often, but the most intensive thing an air conditioner does is turn on and off. This means it is adding extra wear to the appliance. Unfortunately, turning on and off is not just hard on the mechanical parts, but the act is also the biggest energy expenditure of your appliance as well. This means your energy bills are going to skyrocket.

If you leave your air conditioner to short cycle, not only will your home probably not reach the temperature you want it to, but you will very likely have to end up replacing that air conditioner in as little as a year depending on its overall age. It is best to call a professional out right away to have them get to the root cause of a short cycling problem.

Is your air conditioner having problems and needs repair? Contact us today to have the professionals at Air Doctor Heating & Air Conditioner come have a look.