Goettl Air conditioning unit

What Causes an AC to Short Cycle?

There are certain problems that you could ignore with your air conditioning system — though we want to make clear that no problem, no matter how minor you may think it is, should ever be ignored! If your air conditioner is making a strange sound but still running fine, for instance, you may be tempted to just let it continue working in that state (though we warn you that repairs will likely be only a short way down the road).

Other issues are impossible for even the most stubborn of us to ignore, though. For instance, if your air conditioner is short cycling, you are probably going to be contacting a professional technician right away. Hopefully, you won’t run into this issue, as it can be quite disruptive, but the good news is that there may not be a very serious problem at the root of the situation. The fact that there could be, however, does necessitate prompt and professional air conditioning repairs in Henderson, NV.

What Exactly Is Short Cycling?

An air conditioner does not run constantly, nor does it cool a home down as much as it possibly can, then take a few hours off until the house is unbearably hot once more. A properly sized and properly operating air conditioner is going to run in even, complete cycles. This helps to bring the temperature down and to keep in check throughout the day.

An air conditioner that is short cycling, on the other hand, starts up but then runs only briefly. After shutting down prematurely, it will start up again — after all, it has not actually completed its task. Trouble, then it shuts down again quickly. Then starts back up. And then — well, you get the idea. Not only is this issue very annoying, but it can lead to a number of problems.

  • Discomfort. As you can imagine, an air conditioner behaving in this way is not going to cool your home as effectively as it should.
  • Increased wear and tear. When the system starts and stops so frequently, that is really going to take a toll on its overall condition.
  • Reduced energy efficiency. What’s worse than less comfort? Paying more for less! Short cycling drives up energy costs, too.

So What Causes It?

If there is a silver lining in all of this, it is that the problem may be very simple to fix. You may not even actually need air conditioning repairs. A common cause of short cycling is actually just a very dirty air filter. The dirty air filter will restrict airflow to the point that the system will start to overheat as it tries to cool your home. When that happens, it will shut down to prevent damages. Changing the air filter can resolve the problem in this case.

However, you could also have problems in need of repair. Faulty system controls, for instance, or even a refrigerant leak. If the refrigerant in your system is low, it will struggle to remove a sufficient amount of heat from the air passing over the evaporator coil. Serious compressor damage can result if you continue to run a system in this condition, which is why you cannot roll the dice and simply hope for a best case scenario. Contact Goettl Air Conditioning Las Vegas if your system is short cycling.

G-O-E-T-T-L it’ll keep you cool but it’s hard to spell.

Testimonials

What Our Customers Say About Us

Gonzalo CastilloGonzalo Castillo
17:20 13 Jul 24
Peter is very experienced and professional. He knows a lot and explains everything in detail.
John McCarreyJohn McCarrey
13:56 13 Jul 24
Excellent service!
Gary StapletonGary Stapleton
02:37 13 Jul 24
I called Goettl to get a second opinion on a/c repair options or replacement. Peter Medelez conducted a very thorough system check and confirmed all the same issues previously identified but found an additional issue; tipping the scale to full replacement. We appreciated his professionalism and knowledge: answering all our questions and explaining the issues and options. We ultimately chose Goettl for the replacement option due to their price and professionalism.
James KroppJames Kropp
17:19 09 Jul 24
It was great
Robert WilliamsRobert Williams
17:06 09 Jul 24
Peter was great! Explained every detail I needed and answered all my questions!
Gustavo EscobarGustavo Escobar
16:57 09 Jul 24
Jesus Gloria provided exceptional service as the Goettl Technician this past weekend. He demonstrated great attention to detail in addressing the issues with our air conditioning unit and resolved them quickly, within 30 minutes. Jesus has a strong dedication to his profession and the company he represents, as evidenced by his professional demeanor and the quality of his work. His customer service skills are top-notch, earning a 5-star rating from us. We were so impressed by his service that we have decided to become members of the Goettl service.
Jesse Vann, JrJesse Vann, Jr
15:19 09 Jul 24
Jehad and Cameron provided great recommendation and customer service for my AC replacement.
Reda MoxleyReda Moxley
15:08 09 Jul 24
markdruthmarkdruth
17:04 01 Jul 24
Got exactly what we needed with the service and had great customer service from Tyler for our plumbing and with Jehad for our AC work. They were awesome! Thanks!
Donna OwensDonna Owens
15:51 01 Jul 24
Rudy came out and was very professional and addressed our plumbing needs in a timely manner, highly recommended.
Neuro NerdNeuro Nerd
15:06 01 Jul 24
William and Cameron were knowledgeable, friendly, professional, respectful and put on plastic booties over their shoes when they came into the house. Our pets were comfortable with them and that says a lot. We will definitely ask for them again in the future if our AC has any issues.
Karen PardoKaren Pardo
14:55 01 Jul 24
Jehad did an amazing job after checking the entire unit he came down and thoroughly explained everything that needed to get done/replace.
Kelly MoserKelly Moser
17:01 27 Jun 24
Matthew was on time respectful and very curious. He explained everything I needed to know and I felt no pressure to buy additional things. Thank you Matt .
Dusengimana ErnestDusengimana Ernest
15:49 27 Jun 24
Jesus gloria did great. Wonderful
Nick LoprzNick Loprz
14:39 27 Jun 24
Charles JeterCharles Jeter
22:12 26 Jun 24
Kimberly FordKimberly Ford
21:34 26 Jun 24
EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Jesus Gloria provided AC maintenance today providing with photos and video of his findings and a thorough explanation of any issues found. Richard Wenzlaff and Junior also came out today for the plumbing maintenance and also provided EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE. I have very clean water. They checked out my water heaters, water softener, osmosis, etc…no issues were noted! Three AWESOME, hard-working, thorough gentleman! Professional and courteous! Thanks guys! Appreciate your hard work and honesty!
Music by JuanMusic by Juan
17:47 19 Jun 24
Supreme service.
Erica RussellErica Russell
17:16 19 Jun 24
Awesome experience. Jesus Gloria was very friendly and informative and solved the problem quickly.
AudreyAudrey
16:06 19 Jun 24
Josh was amazing! He was personable, polite, professional, and he walked me through everything he was doing and looking at. If I could give him ten stars I would!
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