While running the air conditioner all day in your Prescott Valley home may seem like the most effective way to beat the heat, it’s not always the best choice. Most air conditioners are designed to run a few times per hour for short periods. A system running non-stop usually means that something is wrong. Here are some problems that may make your AC run continuously and times when you don’t need to worry about it.
Constant Running Could Signal a Bigger Problem
Most systems should run for 15 to 20 minutes two to three times per hour. Systems that need repair or maintenance may run almost constantly without reaching the target temperature. Besides running up your energy bill, a constantly blowing system may wear down sooner and need more repairs. Therefore, you’ll want to call for an AC repair as soon as you notice this problem.
Long run times and little to no downtime can be caused by:
- Clogged filters
- Dirty coils
- Broken thermostats
- Heat-generating appliances
- Dirty ductwork
- Poor window sealing
There Are Exceptions
There are times when it is normal for the AC system to run nearly constantly. Your system might run often or even all day if the outside temperature reaches the upper 80s or higher. It may also run through the night on really hot days to “catch up” on cooling. Knowing what is normal for your particular type of air conditioner is important. Some systems, like ductless mini-splits, are actually designed to run continuously.
Moyer’s Heating & Cooling Inc. offers a full range of cooling installation, cooling repair, and cooling maintenance services to customers in Prescott Valley, AZ. We also offer heating installation, heating repair, and heating maintenance services. Our customers rely on us for humidifiers, indoor air quality services, Aeroseal services, and radiant heating.
Our business is built on the belief that honesty comes before profit. We are accredited with the Better Business Bureau and hold both NATE and BPI certifications. We have been helping customers in the area since 1998. Contact Moyer’s Heating & Cooling Inc. for more information today!