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Possible Causes Of An Air Conditioner Running Continuously

A continuously running air conditioner can be very expensive due to increased electrical bills and accelerated wear and tear on the unit. This wear results from the unit working unnecessarily, requiring repairs or replacements to restore functionality. If your air conditioner is running throughout even when it should be off, there are a number of possible causes that should be checked by a professional as soon as possible. They include:

A Malfunctioning Thermostat

If your thermostat is faulty, the air conditioner can not detect the command to turn on and off. First, you need to check whether the thermostat is set to auto mode to address this. Next, ensure that the batteries or power source are properly connected and functional. If these are set correctly, and the thermostat still won't work, it may need to be replaced. Failure to address this issue may cause cooling issues and further damage your air conditioning system. 

Clogged Air Filters

When the air filter has a build-up of dust and debris, it could cause poor functionality of the air conditioner. The dirt blocks the spaces where the air should flow through, causing the air conditioner to strain to produce the desired result. This causes the air conditioner to run constantly to complete its cycle. It is also likely to start repeatedly, causing wear and tear to the unit. To help prevent this, it is important to clean the air filter regularly, thus avoiding clogging.

Leaks From The Ducts

If the ducts in your home are worn out and due for replacement, there could be a possibility that your much-needed cool air is recasting through them. When cool air escapes, the room doesn't achieve the required temperature, which causes the system to run throughout as it strives to achieve the desired temperature. To resolve this, you need to hire an HVAC technician to seal the ducts or replace them, depending on their condition.

A Wrongly Sized Unit

Before installing a unit, you should consult with a professional on which size will work well with your space and requirements. For example, a common misconception is that installing a large air conditioner is suitable for any space regardless of size. However, the truth is that a too-large air conditioner may not efficiently cool certain spaces and may keep running for more time than expected. This results in rapid wear and tear compared to an adequate-sized unit that would fit your space and needs. Moreover, a properly sized unit effectively detects when to turn on and off because it cycles correctly.

You can help prevent many of these causes of a continuously running AC through regular inspection and maintenance. It is also essential that you only hire professional AC contractors to handle your air conditioning system. This helps prevent further damage and consequently helps you save money. Contact an air conditioning contractor near you for more information.

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Call the HVAC Contractor and Cool Down!

When we bought our house, we had a home warranty that was good for one year. One of the first things that had to get taken care of was the air conditioner. Before we had the HVAC contractor come out, we made sure filters were changed and other basic maintenance was taken care of. The HVAC contractor that the insurance company sent out replaced the compressor and our AC is working fine now so we're glad that we did it when we did, especially because he found a major mistake in our system. You don't want to wait long when the AC goes out on a hot summer day. This blog is here to make sure you get the help you need.