Living in Cocoa Beach, FL has its advantages, but you do need to keep your air conditioner in good condition, or the climate becomes unbearable. Most times, you’ll know when your AC is malfunctioning, and abnormally short cycles are just one of the signs. HVAC short-cycling is when the system switches on and off too rapidly. This can wear down the system prematurely and waste energy.
A Rise in Your Bill
Typically, a ducted AC should switch on two to three times in an hour, and each cycle should last between 10 and 15 minutes. It’s during those 10 to 15 minutes that the AC can hit its stride in terms of energy efficiency; if the cycle is any shorter, the AC won’t save you so much money, and you may notice an increase in your monthly bill even though you haven’t altered the cooling schedule and frequency.
A short-cycling AC won’t cool your home very effectively. If it happens to reach the set point in the central portion of your home, it may fail to do so elsewhere because it doesn’t stay on long enough to circulate the cool air evenly through the entire house.
Premature Wear and Tear
What puts the most wear on an AC compressor is the start-up, which is why short-cycling will wear it out sooner than expected, forcing you to schedule a rather costly repair. Short-cycling is usually the prelude to overheating and a complete system breakdown. Keep in mind that you can avoid these and other major kinds of repairs if you schedule recurring AC maintenance.
If you live in Cocoa Beach and own a short-cycling AC, get a hold of Extreme Air & Electric, Inc., and we’ll set you up for an AC repair at a convenient time for you. We provide the professional work of NATE-certified technicians together with the personalized care of a family-run business.
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