4 Reasons Your HVAC System Keeps Short Cycling

The last thing you want to hear during the cooling and heating season is your air conditioner or heat pump constantly cycling on and off. If the system in your Bonita Springs, FL, home, is short cycling, here are four likely culprits.

Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter means your air conditioner will have limited airflow. Hot air builds up inside the system, while cool air can’t get in. This causes the system to overheat, which in turn causes it to cycle off. You need to regularly clean or change your air filter in order to prevent this from happening.

Evaporator Coils Are Frozen

Frozen evaporator coils are a common cause of short cycling. Sometimes, air conditioners freeze up when they’re running while it’s too cold outside, usually at night. In other cases, freezing may be caused by a dirty filter or a mechanical problem. Shut your system down, allow it to thaw completely, then run it again. If the coils freeze again, you need to give an HVAC contractor a call.

Wiring and Electrical Problems

There are several electrical issues, such as loose or corroded electrical connections, that can cause short cycling as your air conditioner or heat pump temporarily loses power. You need professional help in order to safely repair any electrical problems, so it’s best to give us a call right away.

Oversized Systems

If your air conditioner or heat pump is too large for your home, it’s likely to overshoot the target temperature, cycle off, and then cycle back on when your home warms back up. The only solution is to replace your air conditioner with a properly sized system.

If your HVAC system is short cycling, that is usually a sign of a deeper issue. We can get it back up and running. For more information, check out our solutions online or call today.

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