If your cooling system always starts up, runs for a brief time, then shuts off, you’re experiencing an issue known as “short cycling.” This situation can affect your comfort, energy bills and your HVAC equipment’s life expectancy, so it’s important to know how to avoid it.
Normally, an air conditioner or heat pump cycles on, runs until the temperature setting on the thermostat is reached, then cycles off again. When the room temperature rises, the cycle should repeat. The duration of the cycles may vary, but generally, two or three, 15- to 20-minute cycles should occur per hour. If your system’s cycles are too short, it won’t cool or dehumidify your home effectively. This also wastes energy and puts extra wear and strain on your cooling components, which can lead to breakdowns or a premature equipment failure.
Here’s a look at some possible causes of HVAC cycling problems. There are a couple that you easily fix, while others need to be diagnosed and corrected by an experienced HVAC pro:
For expert help correcting a short cycling problem in your Peachtree City home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.
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