If you have noticed that your air conditioner has been running more than usual lately, you may also be experiencing other side effects. Your utility bills may be on the rise and your home may be less comfortable.
There could be a variety of reasons why your air conditioner is constantly running. If you need help diagnosing the issue, Modern Air Solutions in Bensalem, Pennsylvania is here to help. We will also repair the issue for your so your family can stay comfortable and keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency.
Having the right size unit is very important. Both a unit that is too small or too large can cause issues and raise your utility bills. If your air conditioner is too small, it may not be able to handle the load. Then it will have to run constantly to reach and maintain your desired temperature. This causes extra wear-and-tear and shortens the overall life expectancy of your system.
Make sure a professional HVAC contractor like Modern Air Solutions helps you choose the right size system before installing a new one. If you think your current system is the wrong size, Modern Air Solutions can also help you find an alternative solution.
Not only can the wrong size unit cause your air conditioner to run constantly, but the wrong size air ducts can too. If your air ducts are too small, they may not be able to handle the amount of airflow that your air conditioner is creating.
On the other hand, if your air ducts are too large, there may not be enough air pressure build up inside your ducts to push all of the air into your home. Then your air conditioner will continue to run until the thermostat senses that your home had reached the temperature you desire. However, since the air is getting trapped in your air ducts, this takes longer to accomplish and your system runs constantly. Modern Air Solutions does offer a ductwork modification service if this is the case in your Philadelphia area home.
Like air ducts that are too small or too large, dirty air filters or coils can also prevent air from reaching your home and diminish your air conditioner’s performance. When was the last time you changed or cleaned your air filter? The standard 1” filter should be changed on a monthly basis. When the filter gets clogged with too much debris, it will restrict the airflow.
Changing the filter is one of the first aspects you can check and fix on your own. All of the other causes on this list, including cleaning the coil, should be performed by a Modern Air Solutions professional.
Two other problems that can cause low airflow include cracks and leaks. When there is a leak in your air ducts, the conditioned air will escape before it reaches its destination. Damaged air ducts or a lot of debris can also block air. This will likely also cause low air pressure in your ducts and make your system work harder to reach the temperature you want.
Walk through your home and make sure your air ducts don’t have any cracks or damage and that they the seals are tight. Call on Modern Air Solutions if any section of air ducts needs replacing.
The thermostat is responsible for reading the air conditions and telling the HVAC system when it needs to run. Therefore, if your thermostat is not sensing the air properly, it may be telling your air conditioner to run constantly. One way you can try to test this is by comparing it to another thermometer. If the numbers are more than a few degrees off, there is likely an issue with your thermometer.
Like any other machine, an air conditioner has a lifespan and breaks down over time. If none of the issues above apply, this may be the case. Most air conditioners reach the end of their life around 10 years old. Around this time it is a good idea to start planning for a replacement. Talk to a knowledgeable Modern Air Solutions technician to help you choose the best model for your home and family.