Normally, on a typical day in summer San Antonio, your AC should be running around 15minutes for each cooling cycle. However, for some people, their AC’s are running for hours on end and sometimes constantly throughout the day. When the cooling cycle lasts this long, there’s something probably wrong with your system and here’s some extra info on what could be wrong:
So why shouldn’t my AC be running constantly?
Let’s get down to the obvious reason for why you want your AC running as little as possible:
your CPS bill suddenly is scarier than it used to be. Not only is it a big energy spender, but you don’t want it constantly running because it shortens the amount of time until you need to start having it maintained, and eventually repaired if you leave it like it is for too long.
6 reasons why your AC keeps running
- Problems due to your AC being too small – It’s important that your AC technician is installing the right size AC unit for your home. Obviously, you don’t want it too big, but you especially don’t want too small of a unit due to it not being able to power your home efficiently and then having to go buy another unit.
- The age of your AC – Like most mechanical things we use in our daily lives, stuff starts to wear down as we use them and the years start passing by. Age can take a toll on different components of your AC and you’ll have to buy a new unit eventually. While getting a new unit can be a burden, it’s refreshing to remember that new units are not only more efficient than the one you bought 10-15 years ago, but they also are built to have shorter cooling cycles.
- Air leaks around your home – When it comes to our windows our doors, you can remember your parents telling you to stop letting all the cold air out while you keep the door open. This is definitely true, especially when you have small openings around your doors and windows where your cold air can escape, which causes your unit to work harder to make sure everything is brought up to the set temperature.
- Dirty coils – In an earlier article, I explained the importance of keeping your coils clean and efficient. This still rings true to this day due to your coil getting dirty over time and reducing its efficiency. Your coil is essential for removing heat from your home, but can’t work as hard with all the dirt and debris on it, so make sure it’s cleaned with your maintenance.
- Thermostat wrongly set to constantly run – When there’s a big gap between what the temperature outside is versus what your inside thermostat is set at, you can expect your unit to go into overtime trying to keep up with the drastic change in temperature. With that being said, try having your thermostat set at a more manageable but still comfortable temperature.
- Extremely hot day – Some things we can’t dictate in life, especially in Texas with the intense heat we often get. If it’s over 100 and you’re wondering why your AC keeps running, well…it’s because it’s over 100, so don’t panic and wait till things start cooling down at night.
Call Will’s All Pro Plumbing & Air Conditioning today for more information on why your ac keeps running!