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What’s Causing My HVAC System to Turn on So Often?
26 Feb
By: Climate Control

An on again off again HVAC system can create a bad turn of events, but utilizing professional maintenance agreements can help get to the bottom of the issue.

Homeowner adjusting the thermostat

It is common this time of year for your unit to automatically cycle, but a quandary can arise when your unit goes from automatic cycling to short cycling. Have you considered how a maintenance agreement might help? It is imperative that short cycling is recognized and amended quickly as it can cause permanent damage and higher utility bills.

A quick and easy way to check if you're unsure is to count and compare how many times your unit cycles in an hour and report the count to your HVAC expert. Even better, have a maintenance agreement in place, so your unit is receiving the proper tune-ups, which will help you avoid a worst-case scenario.

A few tips for the easiest remedies to try on your own if you feel your unit is short cycling include:

  • Checking your air filter
  • Probably the most common cause of short cycling is air filter neglect. A clogged air filter causes significant airflow restriction and backs up the unit; therefore the unit shuts itself off. By and by the air gets colder, causing the unit to kick on starting the whole process all over again. Changing your air filter regularly is an easy solution.

  • Checking your thermostat
  • Occasionally the issue is not the actual unit itself but a defective thermostat. There are two basic ways to check this: first, make sure the thermostat is set to the correct settings. Second, if it is close to another heat source or close to the direct air of the furnace itself, it will signal that the area is heated before it actually is.

  • Ensuring you have the right sized unit
  • Your unit could be too large for what you actually need. When a furnace is over-sized for the building it operates in, it spends most of its time running in a "warm up" mode.

Getting a professional maintenance agreement is the easiest way to catch these potential problems that can lead to your unit running inefficiently. To learn more about maintenance agreements from Climate Control Heating and Air Conditioning, contact us or call us today at 864-269-5576.

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