3 Causes of Short Cycling in Your Air Conditioner

Short cycling is the term used to describe an air conditioner that turns off too quickly only to turn on again a few minutes later. It’s damaging because the system uses much more energy to start up and turn off than it does to simply run. When your system is short cycling, you’re using up far more energy than you should—raising your monthly bills in the process—and the wear and tear involved can result in a serious breakdown if you’re not careful. La Habra, CA has its share of heat waves in the summer, and the last thing you want is for something to go wrong with your system just when you need it the most. Here are 3 causes of short cycling in your air conditioner that a trained technician can fix.

1. Low Refrigerant Levels

Refrigerant is what makes air conditioning possible: a chemical compound that shifts from a gaseous to a liquid state: releasing and absorbing heat from the surrounding air in the process. Theoretically, it exists in a closed system, but leaks do occur, and when they do, they can result in short cycling with your system

2. Compressor Failure

The compressor has a large number of moving parts, which makes it more prone to breakdown than other components in your air conditioner. Regardless of the cause of the breakdown, it often results in short cycling.

3. An Overpowered System

Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with the system itself save that it’s too powerful for the space it’s supposed to cool. In these cases, you may need to replace the whole system to fix the problem, which is why it is so important to have your new AC carefully sized before you have it installed.

You can call upon JC Mechanical Inc. if you’re experiencing short cycling in your air conditioner. Our trained professionals are dedicated to doing the job right.

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