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Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Why Your System Short Cycles

Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 10:15 am

Every homeowner deserves to come home to a comfortable and cool home during the summer. But if your air conditioning system isn’t working well, then it could leave your home uncomfortable and stuffy. One of the most common issues that can affect your home’s comfort is short cycling. Here at Next Generation, we offer complete Melbourne, FL air conditioning repair services, and we wanted to share a little bit about what short cycling is and why you should call for service if you notice your AC is doing it.

What is Short Cycling?

Short cycling is a fairly common air conditioning issue that we see, but few homeowners are ever aware that it is happening until it causes the system to break down. Short cycling occurs when your air conditioning system turns on, cools your home very quickly and then shuts down. A short time later it does the same thing: turns on, cools the house quickly and then shuts off. This process of turning on and off again in rapid succession is called short cycling.

What Causes Short Cycling?

There are a few common causes of short cycling, but the most common is an AC system that is too large for the house. When they need a new air conditioning system, many homeowners just go out and buy the biggest AC unit that they can afford thinking that it will deliver more comfort to their home. However, the opposite is usually true. What happens is that the system will turn on and quickly cool the air closest to the system but not the areas further away. This would require that the system for longer periods of time, but the system usually shuts off too soon. Also, this could result in you having humidity problems with your home because your AC needs to run for longer time periods in order to properly remove moisture from your home’s air.

If your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like it to be, just call the friendly experts at Next Generation. We can help you figure out a good solution to your home’s air conditioning system short cycling.

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