There are many things that can cause your air conditioner to constantly run.
If your air conditioner has been constantly running, then it’s important to find a solution. Why? Because your air conditioner is only designed to run so often, and if it runs all the time, you’ll get fewer years out of it. Additionally, it’s costly to have to your air conditioner constantly working, and you’ll end up paying a lot more than necessary in your energy bills. However, you can’t find a solution if you don’t know what is causing the problem. In our last blog, we went over a few common reasons why air conditioners constantly run. Here are a few more:
#6. The air conditioner is leaking refrigerant.
Refrigerant is the liquid that flows through the air conditioner’s coils, and it’s what removes the humidity and heat from the air. Over time, the coils can develop cracks or holes, leading to refrigerant leaks. As it becomes harder and harder to keep your space cool, your air conditioner will run more and more. To fix the problem, you’ll need a professional’s help to identify and repair the leak, as well as to ensure that refrigerant levels are back up to where they need to be.
#7. The evaporator coils are dirty.
When dirt and debris starts to build up on the evaporator coil in your air conditioner, it can impede it from doing its job and make your air conditioner work hard and run constantly in order to keep your space cool. Keeping the evaporator coil clean is a part of regular maintenance, and is an especially important task to complete before you turn on your air conditioner on for the first time after the winter.
#8. The thermostat is faulty.
Does your space feel cool, but your air conditioner continues to run anyway? If so, there’s a good chance that the problem is with the thermostat instead of the air conditioner. Your Air conditioner works cohesively with your thermostat to keep your space at the temperature you set the thermostat on. This is what prompts your air conditioner to stop running when it reaches that temperature. If your thermostat is faulty, it can’t tell your air conditioner to stop running. In some cases, you might be able to fix the problem by simply replacing the battery, but if that doesn’t work, call in a professional.
#9. The blower motor and fan have issues.
If the blower motor in your air conditioner isn’t producing an adequate amount of air, or if the fan isn’t running at a high enough speed, it can cause your air conditioner to lose quite a bit of efficiency — enough to make it run all the time. Luckily, this problem can typically be solved with a simple adjustment to the fan speed. However, if there is a lot of dirt and grime on the fan blades, it can cause the fan to slow down, so a thorough cleaning may also do the trick.
10. The filter is too restrictive.
As we mentioned in Part 1 of this series, a dirty filter can cause your air conditioner to constantly run, but even if the filter is clean, if it’s too restrictive, it can cause the same kinds of problems. There are many different filters out there, and it’s important to buy the right one for your air conditioner. For best results, look for a filter that has a lower MERV value.
No matter what is causing your air conditioner to constantly run, Apex Home Energy Savings can help.
Whether the problem is a blower motor issue or an air conditioner that is the wrong size for your home, turn to the professional at Apex Home Energy Savings for professional air conditioning repair you can trust in Granbury.