Is My Air Conditioner Running Too Long?

Is My Air Conditioner Running Too Long?

undefinedThe heat of the summer is here and you’re probably using your central air conditioner more now than you otherwise would, right?

If you’ve noticed that the system doesn’t cycle as often, you may wonder if there’s a problem. You may wonder if that’s normal in the summer. The answer to that question isn’t a simple one. The answer is “maybe.”

Five questions to ask if you think your AC is running too much

Often, when it is hot outside and central air is in use, the machine doesn’t cycle off and on regularly. But, if you’re thinking there’s a problem, check for these things before you call a technician out.

  • What is your thermostat set to?
    If you’re using a low thermostat setting and it is scorching hot outside, you’ll notice the AC runs more frequently or longer to maintain the level set on your indoor thermostat.
  • Are you comfortable?
    If your air conditioner is keeping your home comfortable, there’s probably not a problem.
  • Are your bills close to the same as last summer?
    If you’re noticing a huge spike, you might want to find out if there are air leaks in your home, or in the ductwork. Cooling a home is pointless if too much of that cool air escapes outside.
  • When did I last change the air filter?
    A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air through the system. This makes the air conditioner work harder because it needs to compensate for the trouble it’s having. You may also find that stuff builds up on and in your AC unit if the filters aren’t changed often enough.
  • How’s the air flow from the vents?
    If you’re getting cool air from the system but the flow is weak, you might want to contact a trained technician to check the ductwork or air conditioner coils to see if there are less obvious problems.

2 Other issues that cause AC units to run

In addition to the low thermostat setting, these issues can cause your air conditioner to run more frequently.

  • The unit isn’t sized properly for your home.
    If it’s not large enough, the AC won’t cool your home efficiently and may cause bigger issues. An undersized system could cause the evaporator coil to freeze, refrigerant to flood the compressor and damage the whole unit.
  • Refrigerant levels are low.
    If the coolant level inside your system is low, you’ll find out because you’ll see some of these signs: the AC blows hot air; you hear hissing in the system, or the evaporator coil is frozen. This is usually caused by a leak in the line that moves refrigerant through the system.

If you’ve checked your thermostat and your bills are unreasonable for this time of year, you might want to have a trained technician see if they can detect the problem. Call us at (801) 335-6261. We’d love to get your home’s temps back to comfortable levels for the summer.

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