Its hot outside. The air conditioner is constantly running and turning on and off, but is this normal?
It depends. Are you staying comfortable in your home? Is the home reaching the thermostat temperature you set it at? Are your energy bills the same as last year?
If you answered YES to all these questions, you do not have anything to worry about. This is just the normal operation of your heating and cooling system. If you answered NO, it could indicate a problem.
When You Should Be Alarmed:
· air conditioner constantly runs and never stops, not even for a second.
· You are never comfortable in your home
· thermostat temperature is never reached
· energy bills go up with no explanation as to why
Signs of Problems
Undersized, oversized, or wrong duct sized unit/air conditioner: The air conditioner struggles to cool the home, which is why it is constantly running. This can cause the evaporator coil to freeze over.
Restricted or reduced air flow or clogged filter: Air flow is weak when you put your hand to vent(s). Restricted air flow could be a sign of a dirty air filter, closed or blocked vents, or bad blower motor.
Low on refrigerant: Air conditioner is not blowing cool air and/or the evaporator coil is frozen.
Dirty evaporator coil: You can see dirt, mud, grass clippings on evaporator coil which needs to be cleaned.
Dirty or blocked condenser coil: You can see dirt or debris that needs to be removed or cleaned.
How Can I Prevent Air Conditioner Problems Like These?
Having your air conditioner cleaned and checked once a year by a certified HVAC technician will ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible. The tech can also identify problems sooner so you can avoid costly breakdowns. Faszold Service Company offers a maintenance program where we come out and service/clean the heating and cooling systems every year. We perform an air conditioner maintenance check in the spring/summer and a furnace maintenance check in the fall/winter. If you are interested in getting on our Maintenance plan, please contact us at 636-397-1237.