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What You Need to Know About AC Short Cycling

If you’ve ever noticed your air conditioner turning itself off and on every couple of minutes, do not ignore it. That’s called short cycling, and it’s a major problem that could shorten the lifespan of your air conditioner considerably. Read on to find out more about short cycling, what causes it, and why you need to call for repairs as soon as you notice it.

The Causes

There are a number of different possible factors that could cause an air conditioner to short cycle. One of them is a thermostat malfunction. Either the thermostat itself is sending incorrect signals to the air conditioner, or there’s a short in the wires between the two systems that is incorrectly transmitting correct signals. The other possibility is that there’s a problem with the compressor.

The compressor is a gas pump that is located inside the air conditioner’s refrigerant line. It is responsible for compressing and heating the refrigerant gas to push it through the air conditioner to the condenser unit. The compressor helps keep the rhythm of the system, as well as making its operation possible in the first place. If the compressor is damaged or faulty, the rhythm of the system will be thrown off and it may start to short cycle.

The Problems

The problem with short cycling is that it puts your air conditioner under an immense amount of strain, far more than the system was designed to handle. The longer the system is allowed to short cycle, the more wear and tear it will accumulate until finally it dies completely. This is why you need to call for repairs as soon as possible, to preserve the life of your system.

Speedy Air conditioning Service offers comprehensive air conditioning repair services throughout Stuart, FL. Call today if you need your air conditioner repaired.

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