Why Does my AC Seem to Constantly Run?
Posted: July 9, 2021
Residents of Brevard County, Florida know we can use our air conditioning systems all year round basically, and it is especially needed during the hottest summer months. It’s definitely not the best time to notice any type of issue with your HVAC system. This is one of the reasons why we recommend preventative maintenance. Getting your HVAC system for your home or business regularly checked, will save you money on costly repairs.
What Could Be Causing My AC to Run or Cycle Continuously?
When your AC is running for long periods of time or cycling between on and off continuously, there are two very real issues to be aware of. For one, the energy bill will likely increase rapidly due to the extra power being used to constantly run your AC. Secondly, the constant running puts a lot of stress on your HVAC system in its entirety which can lead to further breakdowns and repairs. Here are a few common reasons for the issue:
Incorrect Size - It goes both ways, the unit could be too small or too large. If the AC unit is too small, it’s like it's working “overtime” all the time, and it still won’t keep your house cool and comfortable. It will however run up your electricity bill and drastically reduce the longevity of the system. On the other end of the spectrum, if the unit is too large for a smaller living space, it won’t adequately remove moisture from the air. If the latter is the case, the result will be cold, clammy, moist air, which creates and supports an environment for mold growth along with a host of potential health issues.
Dirty or Clogged Air Filter - When cool air cannot get into your home at the correct proportions, your unit won’t be able to ‘keep up’, which is why the unit seems to run constantly. This is usually caused by a restricted airflow into your home, and although it’s a simple reason, it could just be a dirty or clogged filter.
Condenser Coils Covered With Dirt/Debris - On the part of the unit outside of the home, you may actually be able to see the condenser coils on the outside unit and can tell if they're being covered by things like leaves, grass, debris, etc. They can look like fins and they make up the condenser; airflow from the rather large fan located inside the unit is what helps to cool the freon in the sealed system. Any restrictions will greatly impact the ability to cool your home or Merritt Island, Florida business.
Insufficient Ductwork - The ductwork corresponds to the size of the unit. If the ductwork isn’t the right size, it can prevent the cooler air from reaching and circulating through to all areas of the home. This will take longer and longer which makes the cooling cycle last a lot longer than it should, running up your bill and stressing the system. This is why new air conditioning installation done by a professional team, like Brevard Cooling, is important to avoid this issue.
Dirty or Clogged Evaporator - This part is located inside your home near the unit's blower. It’s function is to receive freon from the compressor located in the outside unit. If this is the case, it’s really not something you should attempt on your own, as it sits further into the unit and can be hard to reach.
The team at Brevard Cooling wants you to feel cool and comfortable in your home throughout the summer. Give us a call if you believe your HVAC unit is cycling too long or too often throughout the day. We look forward to working with you!