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Why is My Air Conditioner Constantly Running?

Most people discover that it’s fairly typical for their air conditioners to run frequently throughout the day during the summer. But does it appear that your AC is running more frequently than it ought to? To avoid having to pay astronomical energy bills, it’s worth looking into. Here are four typical justifications for why an air conditioner might appear to be on all the time.

Why is My Air Conditioner Constantly Running?

Why is My Air Conditioner Constantly Running? Most people discover that it’s fairly typical for their air conditioners to run frequently throughout the day during the summer.
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Air Conditioner Constantly Running

1. You Have a Variable-Speed Air Conditioner.

Variable-speed air conditioners can run at a variety of speeds, occasionally at just 25% of their maximum capacity. A variable speed air conditioner keeps running at low power rather than turning off to help maintain the temperature in your home while using less energy. Because of this, your air conditioner may run longer than a single-speed AC. Don’t worry, though; you’ll still end up conserving energy and saving money on cooling your home.

2. Your Air Conditioner is too Big for Your House and is Short-Cycling

If your air conditioner runs for extremely short periods of time and the air in your home feels muggy, you most likely have a short-cycling issue. AC systems that are too large for your home will not be able to remove humidity effectively, and they will usually shut down too soon, resulting in hot and cold spots throughout the house.

3. Your Air Conditioner is too Small to Effectively Cool Your Home

If your air conditioner does not have enough tonnage (cooling capacity) to handle the unique size, layout, and temperature challenges of your home, it will struggle during the summer. It may run indefinitely to try to meet the temperature set on your thermostat. Running at full power indefinitely places unnecessary strain on the system and can cause components to overheat or wear out prematurely.

The best HVAC contractors will conduct a thorough assessment of your home’s cooling needs and challenges. They’ll recommend an AC unit with enough capacity to cool your home based on factors such as your home’s size, layout, and number of stories.

3. Your Air Conditioning System is Due for Service.

Dust accumulation in areas such as the evaporator coil and condenser coil can impede cooling. This causes your air conditioner to work longer and harder than necessary to reach your desired temperature. If your system hasn’t been serviced in over a year, an appointment is in order.

Our dedicated team at Prime Genius Heating, Air & Appliances has the equipment and expertise to provide you with dependable HVAC system maintenance, repairs, and replacements. Give us a call at (916) 400-0442 for dependable service.

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