How does short cycling impact your AC unit’s energy efficiency?
Energy efficency becomes more important to the HVAC industry with each year. There's increasing pressure to lower the amount of fuel or electricity needed to adequately heat and cool a home.
Short cycling occurs when your AC unit operates for just a short time before it shuts down. It does this repeatedly, never quite cooling your home. There are several reasons an air conditioner short cycles, including:
A unit that is the wrong size for the home
Given all the potential causes, it's a fairly common problem.
Here are three ways short cycling impacts your home:
1. Excessive Wear and Tear on HVAC Equipment
A modern air conditioner should last ten years or more, but short cycling's frequent starts and stops put stress on a system. Pieces come loose or start grinding against one another. Components wear out early and need replacing. Unless the cause gets corrected, you should plan to replace the AC sooner than later.
2. Uncomfortable Conditions
Homeowners notice short cycling first because the house doesn’t get cool. The unit runs for a short while and then shuts down early. The home will remain too warm for comfort’s sake until your technician finds a solution or replaces your faulty air conditioner.
3. Bloated Energy Bills
Repeatedly using short bursts of energy throughout the day drives your energy bills sky high. It’s best to keep your unit turned off or set to fan-only mode until a technician can get to the bottom of your air conditioning woes.
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Can maintenance agreements really keep your AC working at peak performance? Here are some strange noises your HVAC tech will understand right away.
Maintenance agreements are a popular and affordable way to ensure your AC is ready for summer’s strain. Keeping things cool is a tough job. Giving things a once-over before the season begins helps you detect potential problems. For instance, your technician could stumble onto one of these three following noises:
Does your unit whine every time it's started up for the season? If so, it might need a few bolts tightened and greased. The problem arises when your AC starts to whine out of nowhere. It's the sound of a motor failing. Be prepared. Your HVAC technician might recommend the replacement of major parts.
Metal-on-metal noises are a bad sign, but it might not be as dire as you think. Components get loose, blades get bent and components work themselves out of place, where they begin to collide with other pieces. While ignoring this kind of noise is sure to lead to major damage, repairs aren't likely to be too pricey.
Banging in your ductwork can be the sign of pressure issues. Make sure nothing is obstructing your return vents. Check ducts for gaps and loose pieces.
A different kind of banging might come from the burner right before your unit turns on. This is the sign of a serious problem. Natural gas building up near the burner and popping on can lead to explosions if the problem goes unsolved. Turn off your system and call a repair worker to inspect your AC unit. Don’t run it again until you know you’ll be safe.
Save money while keeping your HVAC system in good working order by enrolling in one of our professional maintenance agreements today.