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Why Should I Worry About Short Cycling With My Air Conditioning?

If you’ve had to deal with air conditioning repair, you may have heard the term “short cycling” before. It’s a condition whereby your unit turns off and on again very quickly, sometimes without adequately cooling the house and often with far more frequency than is proper. This is of especial concern as we gear up for summer here in Hammond, LA, because you’re going to need your air conditioning when the temperatures hit triple digits. Short cycling can be caused by anything from low refrigerant levels to a system that’s too powerful for the space it’s supposed to cool.  But why should you worry about short cycling with your air conditioning?

Higher Rates

Air conditioners need to run for a certain amount of time to achieve maximum efficiency. They use much more energy starting up and shutting down than they do when they’re simply running. If yours starts to short cycle, then its energy use goes up, and you’ll likely end up paying higher bills than you might otherwise. When your system needs to run every day to combat our Louisiana heat, that can add up to quite a large amount.

More Wear and Tear

Even worse than the higher monthly energy bills is the excessive strain that short cycling places on your system. Individual components run a higher risk of breaking down and the overall life of your air conditioner is apt to be shortened dramatically the longer you let it short cycle.

Because the causes of short cycling vary, you need a quality repair technician to pinpoint the problem and implement a solution. The experts at A Professional Heating & Air Conditioning Services have the know-how to do the job right, and are dedicated to your complete satisfaction every step of the way. Give us a call today to make an appointment!

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