The weather is starting to heat up, and pretty soon you’re going to start using your air conditioner on a regular basis. The more often you use your air conditioner, the more strain you’re going to put on the system. This can lead to a number of different problems, depending on the state of your air conditioner before you put it under this increased stress. Let’s take a look at one specific type of problem that can occur with your air conditioner this summer: short cycling.
What Is Short Cycling?
Short cycling is a specific behavior in which your air conditioner turns itself on and off every few minutes. While this may seem like little more than a nuisance, it actually presents a pretty big threat to the system. Air conditioners are designed to operate on a very specific cycle, in which they generate a lot of output to reach the target temperature, and then turn off save to make some occasional adjustments. Short cycling interferes with the standard operation of the system, increasing wear and tear dramatically. If the problem isn’t fixed in time, various parts will start to break down and the life of the system will be shortened.
Causes of Short Cycling
There are a couple possible causes of short cycling. It’s possible that your system is too large, which would cause the thermostat to shut it down before it could complete its cycle. It’s also possible that your compressor is damaged, which would throw off the rhythm of the system and cause erratic startup/shutoff times. You’ll need to have a professional air conditioning technician examine your system to determine the definite cause for the problem. What’s important is that you call for repairs as soon as you notice this problem.