You are sitting at home and things seem normal, but your lights seem to be dimming more frequently than normal when your HVAC system kicks on. If the HVAC system is doing this and the home is not cooling, you have a common problem called “short cycling“.
As you read, you will likely find you can do a search quickly and easily on the Internet with tips and tricks on how to fix this problem. We at Air Dynamics want to stress to you that the home HVAC system is a very complicated system. You can be badly hurt or killed if you attempt repairs on your own. Accidentally releasing refrigerant into the environment is a crime and punishable with very hefty fines. Do not try any of these recommendations of why your system is short cycling on your own. Leave it to the professionals. Your safety and wallet will thank you.
Here are your major causes of short cycling.
- Oversized system – Today’s HVAC systems are much more technologically advanced than systems from many years ago. Using a system that is overpowered for your home will make your home cool too quickly and cut on and off rapidly. This often leads to higher energy bills and big temperature swings.
- Iced coils – The evaporator can have ice buildup. This leads to a domino effect of issues that will force your HVAC system to cut on and off repeatedly.
- Clogged air filter – This is the one part of a home HVAC system that you can change and should change monthly. A clogged filter will put too much stress on your components such as the blower motor, compressor, capacitor, etc. Each can overheat and fail.
- Low refrigerant – Low refrigerant will not let your home cool properly. It too can make components overwork and lose efficiency.
If your HVAC is short cycling, check and change your air filter. If this does not resolve the issue, let us at Air Dynamics come out and take a look. Chances are we can make the repair on site and get your HVAC system back online in a few short minutes. We also offer annual inspections so you can be sure your system is working properly at all times.