As the weather gets warmer, many homeowners begin to think about their air conditioning unit. After all, no one wants to be stuck in the heat wave without a working AC! One of the issues you might encounter is an air conditioner that appears to be continuously running. To identify the cause of the problem, contact our experts at Gator Air Conditioning for AC repair in Sarasota, FL.
What Causes An AC Unit To Run Continuously?
Here are some reasons to help you understand why your air conditioning unit keeps working continuously.
If your central air conditioner is too small, it will have to work harder to keep your residence cool. It will increase the wear and tear on your device and shorten its life. Moreover, with a smaller sized AC unit, no matter how much you run it, you will never reach the intended level of cooling in your home, and breakdowns are likely.
On the other hand, if your system is too large, it will not be able to successfully eliminate moisture from the air in your home, culminating in moist, clammy air. It will have frequent short cycles and use more electricity than necessary, resulting in higher utility bills.
When was the last time you changed the air filter of your HVAC device? If it’s been a while, it’s most likely dirty and obstructing airflow. A dirty air filter reduces the amount of colder air your air conditioning system can produce, making your AC appear to run more throughout the day. When your air filter becomes clogged, your air receiver is forced to work extra hard to compensate.
Dirt and other pollutants such as twigs, pet hair, or mud will obstruct airflow, resulting in decreased performance, including reduced energy efficiency and possibly nonstop AC operation.
Therefore, it is prudent to call one of our technicians to perform an annual inspection. Our professionals will look over your capacitor and condenser coil. Since the condenser remains exposed to the weather, we’ll need to clean the condenser coils for better performance.
Moreover, simply washing down the unit will help clean the condenser coils. We recommend cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils for optimum efficiency.
If your system never seems to turn off, your thermostat could be a problem. Your home may have attained the proper temperature, but the thermostat is not reading it accurately. This inaccuracy could be due to a variety of factors, such as dust build-up on the sensor or a loose connection.
If you suspect your thermostat is not reading the temperature correctly, you can test it with an infrared thermometer. If your thermostat is inaccurate, it will need to be replaced.