If you’ve ever dealt with an air conditioner short cycling, you may think it’s strictly an AC problem. But your furnace can short cycle, too. This can have similar causes to AC short cycling, and similar negative consequences as well. We’ll explain what short cycling is, how it can happen, what the risks are, and what to do if you notice your furnace doing it.
If you have extensive damage or deterioration of the ductwork in your HVAC system and need to replace it, or if you have a home that never had ductwork and you need to have it installed, there are some important questions you should be asking. When it comes to ducts, the first thing to know is that they’re not all the same. Ducts come in both solid and flexible varieties. If you’re considering flex ducts, you should know what they’re made of, and what the pros and cons are of this type of ductwork. Here are the details.
Annual AC maintenance is critical to keeping your air conditioner running effectively and efficiently, with as few repairs as possible, for as long as possible. But service from a professional once a year is not the only support your air conditioner needs. Your air conditioner has an air filter, and it needs to be changed often. If you don’t do that, it can result in major problems and expensive repairs.
Your air conditioner operates on a cycle. When the thermostat indicates that the temperature in your home has gotten a little too high, the compressor comes on to circulate refrigerant through the system and provide cooling.
When the temperature drops enough, the compressor shuts down and waits until the next signal to start up. This cycle should begin about every fifteen minutes or so.
But sometimes an air conditioner begins starting and stopping much more frequently. This is called short cycling, and it’s a big warning sign. Here’s why.
Your central air conditioner is pretty self-sufficient. The thermostat sends information about the temperature in your home, and the compressor starts up a cooling cycle whenever the temperature gets a bit too high.
Once the temperature drops again, the compressor shuts down all by itself. You don’t need to do anything manually or make frequent adjustments. It can be easy to forget about it entirely as long as it’s working properly. But as we all know, things don’t always work properly.
What if your air conditioner won’t stop running? Did the thermostat fail to send the message to shut it down? What can you do about it? We’ve got the answers.
There’s not much that’s more obnoxious in Texas in July than an air conditioner that only blows warm air! It may seem like the whole AC system has totally failed. Will you have to get a new one? If this one can be saved, will it be a major repair? Don’t get too worried just yet! Sometimes when an AC unit blows warm air, the problem is actually quite small and easy to fix. Here’s what you should know.
Summer is the best time to replace your furnace. Having the old one shut down and removed and the new one carried in and installed would mean an inconvenient chilly stretch if you had it done during the winter. So if you were concerned about poor performance, corners of your home that never got warm enough, expensive repairs, worrisome noises, or just the age of your furnace, now’s the time to get a new one. At first glance, there are a confusing array of furnace options: brands, models, sizes. But the first step is choosing a fuel source: natural gas or oil?
Different types of furnace fuel in San Antonio, TX come with different benefits and drawbacks, so it’s a matter of deciding what works best for you. Here are some details that might help you with your choice.
One particularly troublesome issue that can plague air conditioners is short cycling. This is when the cooling cycle, which should only begin every fifteen minutes or so, is cut short, only to begin again moments later. It’s a sign that a problem already exists, and it is a potential cause of even more problems. What causes an air conditioner to do this? Can a thermostat cause short cycling? We’ve got the details for you on how it happens and what to do about it.
It’s easy to find suggestions about how to spot common AC issues. A rattling sound? Might be the fan. Ice on your evaporator coils? You could be looking at a refrigerant leak. But what if your air conditioner has an unusual problem? Here are a few AC concerns that we see much more rarely. But we’re certainly ready to be of service if they happen to you.
The indoor portion of your air conditioner is the part you interact with on a daily basis. It’s understandable that you wouldn’t think about the outdoor unit, also called the condenser, as much. But leaving it neglected can cause you some major problems.
What should you know about your AC unit’s condenser? How can you make sure it functions well?
What happens if it doesn’t? We’ve got all the information you need to better understand your air conditioning in San Antonio.