Is Your AC Repeatedly Turning On and Off? Here We Explain Why!

November 2nd, 2021

Though you may choose to ignore it at first, your air conditioner’s constant on and off cycling can indicate a severe problem. Of course, this is not always the case, but it is usually wise to go ahead and call your servicing company and ask for a technician to come and do the necessary AC repairs.

AC tech doing AC repairs

If your AC is not working as it should, do not panic! Island Comfort’s techs can quickly conduct AC repairs at a relatively inexpensive cost. However, you should not delay contacting a professional. Otherwise, the on and off cycling you notice can lead to additional problems and system malfunctions. Such malfunctions typically result from your air conditioner overworking itself. 

We strive to provide our customers with the best products, services, and advice pertaining to their HVAC systems. Here is are the most common reasons that your AC is short cycling, as well as possible methods of prevention. 

What Is Short Cycling?

The term “short cycling” describes a situation in which your HVAC system is turning on and off before completing an entire cycle, which is the point when the unit stops after reaching the desired temperature. There are several reasons for short cycling, and luckily, routine maintenance can help avoid most malfunctions.

Electrical Malfunctions

The most common electrical issue that causes your AC to cycle on and off is a malfunction with the thermostat. Your thermostat is the control center for your entire HVAC system. So, when the connections, in which the electrical signals travel, become damaged your AC will shut on and off before completing its entire cycle. 

Other malfunctions include issues with circuit boards, the compressor, and run capacitors. However, each type of electrical malfunction can ultimately result in a damaged HVAC system as the system overworks itself to balance the temperature.

Oversized HVAC Unit

Sometimes, an AC is too large for your home. In this instance, as the AC cools the smaller space at an excessive rate, the desired temperature is achieved too quickly, and thus the unit turns on and off more frequently. While this may not seem all that bad, internal components can become damaged over time due to being overworked.

Prevention Methods

Ultimately, short cycling that continues for long periods can lead to increased utility bills and damaged equipment. The only guaranteed way to avoid this phenomenon is to commit to routine maintenance checks. When you schedule annual servicing appointments for your AC, a technician will check for all of the causes listed above that may lead to short cycling and run additional checks to ensure that all is working as it should. 

As a result, you can rest assured that your AC will continue working effectively and efficiently for the years to come. 

Island Comfort Air Conditioning

When your air conditioner is not working, your first reaction may be panic. However, during these moments of stress, try to remember that technicians can repair most HVAC issues without total system replacements. 

At Island Comfort Air Conditioning, we understand how imperative it is that your air conditioner functions correctly at all times. With a climate such as ours, an air conditioner is an absolute necessity, so allow our company to be the one that restores confidence in your HVAC system. We can ensure you that our AC repairs will exceed your expectations.

For more information regarding our AC services and other products, contact us on our website.