Short Cycling – A Common cause of air conditioner breakdowns

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There is nothing worse than that sinking feeling you get when you realize your air conditioning is not working. In the desert, where A/C is vital to your comfort and safety there is no worse time than summer to find out your system is not working. A common cause of breakdowns is known as short cycling. In this article, we explore what short cycling is, what causes, and how you can avoid it.

What is Short Cycling?

 

Short cycling is one of the more common causes of air conditioner failure in Las Vegas. That’s when your air conditioner struggles to cool your home because it’s too busy stopping and starting in short bursts. These short cycles will prevent your home from staying at consistently cool temperature, and it will run your electric bill sky high. If it continues, it will likely put a big strain on your air conditioner, possibly causing it to break completely.

What Caused the Short Cycle?

 

A trained professional can evaluate your system and determine what caused the short cycle but here are some common causes:

· An over-sized air conditioning unit in a small home could send out big blasts of cold air out, causing the unit to shut down too soon.

· Electrical problems that could be triggering the unit to turn on and off at the wrong points in its normal cycle.

In Las Vegas, this is just one of the many common issues that we see with residential air conditioners. One way to mitigate the risk of your unit not functioning in the hottest summer months is to schedule a tune-up of your unit. We will test specifically for the kinds of problems that could cause a short cycle later on.

Ambient Edge has a very specific and proactive checklist to follow to help keep your air conditioning functioning properly. But if you notice that your air conditioner is turning on and off too rapidly, or if you think the motor sounds unusually loud, these are strong indicators that you may have a problem.

If your air conditioning unit is over eight years old, it may be time to replace it with a newer, more energy efficient model. Contact us to find out more about financing and how an Energy Star rated furnace could help you save big money on your electric bills.

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