When your air conditioning unit is the proper size, it can help to keep you comfortable during the hot, summer days. However, a key factor to an AC unit that runs efficiently is regular maintenance.
However, even when you invest in regular AC service, performance issues may still arise. One of the most common problems during the summer months is a unit that runs constantly. Not only will over-running create cooling issues in your home, it is also going to increase your electricity costs, while putting undue stress on your unit.
A unit that is efficient and that functions properly will turn on regularly during the summer; however, you will know it is over-running if you notice the following:
- The unit runs for longer periods of time without changing the temperature in the home
- There’s uneven cooling in the home
- Unexpected increases in electric costs
Each of these are symptoms that your unit is not running properly. Some of the specific reasons this may be happening are found here.
A Unit That’s Not the Proper Size
For a superior level of efficiency, your unit needs to be the right size for your home. If the unit is too big or too small, then it is going to result in inefficiency, uneven cooling, and increasing electrical costs.
- Units that are too small: If units are too small, they are going to have to work longer and harder to cool your home. This increases wear and tear on your system, which is going to shorten its life.
- Units that are too large: If a unit is too big, it isn’t going to run as often, but this is still a problem, as it won’t be able to effectively remove moisture from the air. This may result in a damp and clammy feel.
Your AC Needs Maintenance
If you don’t invest in proper maintenance, it can result in AC inefficiency. It is recommended that you have your unit serviced at least two times a year – once in the winter and once again in the spring. Proper maintenance is going to ensure that the air filters, ducts, and calories are clean, which helps to maximize cooling power and airflow. Some common maintenance issues that may arise include:
- Dirty evaporator coils
- Dirty condenser
- Low refrigerant charge
- Restricted or clogged air filters
Your home’s thermostat is what tells your AC unit what the current temperature in your home is. If the thermostat is faulty and it doesn’t register the current temperature properly, the AC is going to run longer and stop running too soon. The result is usually going to be a home that isn’t cooled evenly.
Test your thermostat by putting a thermometer close to it. Make sure the read outs are very close and if they aren’t you may need to have your thermostat replaced.
If your unit continues to run and you think there is an issue, then it may be a good idea to hire the professionals for help. They can find the underlying issue and fix it quickly.