During the summer months most of us share one common goal – staying cool and beating the heat. Being hot, uncomfortable and sticky in the scorching summer months is not only uncomfortable, but bothersome to say the least. However, when your air conditioning system runs constantly that can be every bit as bothersome and costly as well. Before you find yourself stuck in the middle of the incredibly hot summer temperatures the professionals here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling wanted to provide some insight and tips on the most common causes of an air conditioning system running all day long.
Sometimes an A/C system that runs all day long is an indication that there is some type of problem with the system. Problems such as an improper installation of an A/C system or a system that is sized improperly can cause your A/C to run constantly. A properly sized central air conditioning system will run at its highest efficiency level and will almost run continuously in the summer months in order to maintain a constant and desired temperature in your home. However, if an A/C is too small it will have to work much harder to cool your home, which, over time, will not only increase wear and tear on the system, but minimize the life expectancy of the system as well and will not be able to provide the desired coolness level in your home even if it is running constantly. If a central A/C system is too big it will not be able to efficiently and effectively remove moisture from the air in your home and will, therefore, present with an output of moist clammy air in your home instead.
Another reason why your air conditioning system may constantly run is that your air filter may need changing. When an air filter becomes very dirty it restricts air flow and cuts down on the amount of comfortable, cool air that the system is able to produce, which, in turn, causes your system to run all day. If the air filter is clogged the air handler in the system has to work much harder to compensate for the loss of free flowing air.
Yet another reason why your air conditioning system runs all day is because the A/C coils are covered in dirt. Whether grass clippings, pet hair, mud or even trash, each will block air flow resulting in poor performance, lower efficiency and even, over time, a breakdown of your system. Having your system inspected annually by the qualified technicians here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling will ensure that your system is up and running effectively and fully functioning at the start of each summer season.
It is important to have our technicians clean the condenser coils because they are consistently exposed to outdoor elements which can ultimately cause serious damage to your system. We will also check the evaporator coils for any buildup of dust or dirt which can result in poor cooling performance and much higher costs to run the system as it attempts to meet your thermostat settings in your home. Further, our techs will inspect all your system components, replace worn parts and ensure that your thermostat is working properly.
Additional issues that can contribute to your air conditioning system running constantly are potential issues with your thermostat, air leaks, insufficient insulation, or the need for routine maintenance of your system to avoid inefficient cycling.
Finally, one primary reason why your old air conditioning system may be running constantly is that it may be time to replace it. Air conditioning systems have a lifespan, but even with proper maintenance, over that span of time, the system will wear out and need to be replaced. Replacing your unit will not only keep your home comfortable, alleviate the issue of a constantly running system, but will save you money as well since the newer systems today run much more efficiently than systems of the past.
The folks here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling want to help all our valued clients to be aware of issues before they become serious problems. The reasons above which we have provided can all cause your A/C system to run constantly and ultimately cost you a great of money. If you have detected any of these issues, then reach out to the highly skilled technicians here in South Nashville Heating and Cooling. Chances are that it can be something quite simple, but should there be a problem, then certainly resolving the problem now can alleviate or reduce any costly repairs to your system in the future. Contact us and schedule your in-home A/C system inspection and maintenance today.