If you live in Bath, PA, you rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but the system can’t maintain that low temperature if it short cycles. Short cycles are a sign that you need AC repair, but it’s good to know beforehand what might be causing it to short cycle. A dirty filter, low refrigerant, faulty thermostat or oversized unit are some reasons why your AC is short cycling.

A Clogged Air Filter

You should change your air filter every three months. This is a service we provide as part of our maintenance plan to ensure smooth airflow throughout your system. However, if you’ve been neglecting to change the air filter, your AC may be shutting down prematurely as a way to prevent overheating.

A Refrigerant Leak

Low refrigerant levels are another possible cause of overheating, leading your AC to short cycle. Low refrigerant can occur when there is a piping leak. If you hear a hissing or bubbling sound while the AC runs, you need to seek professional help.

Thermostat Issues

Thermostats tell the AC to shut down once they reach the set point. However, if your thermostat has lost its calibration and thinks the indoor temperature is cooler than it is, it will tell the AC to shut down too soon.

An Oversized AC

Air conditioners have different blowing capacities, so there’s no such thing as “bigger is better.” Maybe the installer of your AC didn’t know better and installed a system that’s too powerful for your size of home. Unfortunately, only a new air conditioner will resolve this issue.

Sullivan Oil & Propane is ready to provide you with the right AC repair, so call us today for service when you notice short cycling. Our NATE-certified technicians can work with any make or model, though we’re proud of our distinction as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer.

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