Have you ever really listened to your HVAC? Most people don’t pay that much attention–it turns on and off as it should, heats or cools the house, and everyone is happy. Normally, your HVAC unit should cycle no more than about two or three times per hour. If you notice it’s significantly more than that, and the cycles are very quick (only a couple of minutes each), you have a short cycling problem!
Short cycling means that your HVAC isn’t running efficiently. Just like a car, it takes a lot more energy to start an HVAC unit than it does to keep it running. When your unit starts and stops over and over again, you’re losing money, your unit will suffer more wear and tear, and your home won’t be as comfortable as it ought to be.
But what causes short cycling? First, check out your filter. A dirty, old, or incorrect filter can cause so much airflow resistance that the system will overheat and shut down prematurely. If that’s the problem, you can fix it yourself by getting a new filter.
However, if that doesn’t fix the issue, you’ll need to contact the professionals at J.H. Martin Mechanical. A faulty capacitor or a refrigerant leak will both require professional services to diagnose and fix. Short cycling is an early warning sign of many problems, so if you’re noticing this problem, don’t delay! With quick action we can fix most issues before serious damage occurs and get you back to a comfortable home.