While AC units see a lot of activity in the warmer months, your air conditioning should not be running all the time, especially if your house isn’t getting much cooler. An air conditioner that’s always on will quickly wear out. What could be going wrong? Here are the top causes for an AC unit to be continuously running.
Your AC Unit is the Wrong Size
It may sound a little weird, but this problem is more common than you may think. AC units are sized based on how much air they can move. If the AC unit is designed to manage a space that is smaller than your house, it won’t be able to move air fast enough to cool it efficiently. When that difference becomes a serious problem, the air conditioner will constantly run without doing a good job. The best option is to install a secondary AC unit or a full replacement.
You Have an Old Filter
AC filters are designed to be replaced two or three times a year. If the filter doesn’t get replaced, it starts to fill up with dust particles. Eventually, an old filter will start to slow down the airflow. Even if your air conditioner is working properly, it can’t move air through a clogged filter very well. That slows down the cooling process and means that the AC unit has to stay on for a long time to lower the temperature. Filters only cost around $10-$15 at most department stores and are easy, but very necessary, to fix.
Your Thermostat Settings are Incorrect
It’s worthwhile to stop by your thermostat and check your settings to make sure they fall within normal levels. If the summer heat is scorching, turning your thermostat down won’t help matters. It will make the AC unit try to reach a temperature that it can’t achieve. The result is an AC system chasing an impossible number and running itself into failure in the process. Keep temperature settings within a reasonable range, such as the low-70s, when you want to cool things down. Make sure to watch for accidental adjustments.
Your AC Unit is Getting Too Old
Yes, air conditioners do wear out over time. Problems with the motor or fan systems could reduce air flow and force the AC unit to run constantly. Replacing parts can help the situation, but it may also be time to consider a full replacement.
Don’t let a damaged or broken AC unit ruin your summer! Let us help cool you off. Contact us today at Buckeye Heating and Cooling to schedule an inspection or request your free estimate!