Goettl Air conditioning unit

What Is Short Cycling?

question-markConsidering how hot it can be in our area, and how long the heat can stick around throughout the year, it is pretty safe to say that keeping your air conditioner in great working condition should be a top priority. That being said, even the best air conditioners on the market, and even those that receive regular tune-ups, can run into operational problems from time to time. If and when yours does, you really do need to schedule prompt AC repair in Rancho Cucamonga.

Of course, you don’t want to wait for your air conditioner to break down entirely before you go ahead and schedule professional air conditioning repairs. That is why you should be on the lookout for any problems that may require professional repair services. One that is pretty hard to ignore is short cycling. It has a number of drawbacks in terms of AC performance,  and can hint at some pretty serious underlying problems with your system.

What It Is

When your air conditioner runs,  it is supposed to do so in regular and even cycles. It shouldn’t be cooling your home down to extremely cold temperatures, then sitting idly as the temperature rises back up again. It also shouldn’t be starting up,  running only very briefly, and then shutting back down, only to start back up, run briefly again, and then shut back down once more. This latter phenomenon is what we call short cycling.

What’s the Problem?

Quite a few, actually. If your air conditioner is starting and stopping much more frequently than it should be, then it is going to suffer a lot of unnecessary wear and tear.  This increases the risk of damage to your system. Short cycling also drives up energy costs. It requires more energy to start an air conditioner up than it does to keep one running at a regular clip, after all. If your system has to start itself over and over, it is going to cost you more to run. Not only that, but its performance quality will drop. That leaves you paying more for less comfort!

What’s the Cause?

There are a lot of different reasons why an air conditioner may short cycle. Not all of them are terribly serious, either. For instance,  you could have a very dirty air filter in your system. This will restrict airflow to the point that the system starts to overheat as it tries to cool your home. It will then shut itself down to prevent damage. Changing the filter should solve the problem if this is the case.

It could also be a huge issue underlying the symptom, though. Has your air conditioner always short cycled? If so, then your system may actually be too big for your home. That may not sound like a big deal. After all, it will cool your home more quickly that way, right? Well, yes, it will cool your home. But at the expense of your budget and the condition of your system, as mentioned above.

You could also have a refrigerant leak in your air conditioner. That may not cause an immediate breakdown, but it is one of the more serious issues that you can encounter. Refrigerant plays an integral role in the operation of your AC. Running an AC with a low refrigerant charge can do serious compressor damage, which may result in the need for replacement. Contact Goettl Air Conditioning SoCal for your AC repair service needs.

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


What Our Customers Say About Us

Lynnie MichelleLynnie Michelle
17:38 01 Mar 24
Great service from Rudy and Chris
Chris SummerlinChris Summerlin
02:58 01 Mar 24
Peter was very professional and caring throughout the inspection.
Miguel BedollaMiguel Bedolla
00:53 01 Mar 24
Mr. Farias taught me a lot about the water system in my house and prepared the ground for Mr. Dado to come and fix everything. He was always very honest and delightful. I actually enjoyed his visit.
Wyatt M.Wyatt M.
23:39 29 Feb 24
First rate service, Josh was a perfect professional and worked his tail off.
Michelle WoodallMichelle Woodall
23:37 29 Feb 24
My technician Jorge (George) Gutierrez was out today performing the a/c system check. He did a fabulous job and identified significant issues and concerns for the longevity of my current 12 year old system. He was very knowledgeable and helpful on what my options are and in the end I’ll be getting a new system instead of worrying about the current system failing in our extremely hot temperatures. He was very respectful of my home and my dog was ecstatic to meet him.
Linda LuduenaLinda Luduena
17:35 28 Feb 24
Frank identified the need for new faucets in the master bath and discussed my preferences. The type of faucet being replaced is no longer available (mini wide spread) so he had to do some research to come up with a solution. Had to be ordered, not surprisingly, and we appreciate his conscientious performance.
Nicole DrummNicole Drumm
17:31 28 Feb 24
Jehad was polite and respectful in my home. He completed the job timely and professionally. Highly recommend.
Paul FrenchPaul French
15:37 28 Feb 24
Jehad did a great job with the AC tune-up, and it was all free due to my past services with them!
Calvin ThompsonCalvin Thompson
03:13 28 Feb 24
This was my first service with this company and it was a pleasant one. The technicians were professional and polite and quickly resolved a minor scheduling conflict. Interaction with a sales manager for a quote on needed equipment was equally pleasant.
Darren HarvickDarren Harvick
17:12 19 Feb 24
Nacho, Mike, and Ernesto did a wonderful job on our unit. Professional and courteous!
Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
16:23 19 Feb 24
Peter came out to check over our system. He was very thorough and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
Juan CalderonJuan Calderon
00:35 19 Feb 24
Billy was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. He was awesome!
Christopher GonzalezChristopher Gonzalez
00:23 19 Feb 24
Roy Adame did my AC furnace tune up that is part of my Goettl Sadie membership. He did a great job in explaining what he was doing and checking for. He gave me his expertise recommendation and advice on what to do to have my AC furnace and compressor running better, smoother, and to give off better quality air flow throughout my house. Thank You Roy !
Melinda MoralesMelinda Morales
00:07 19 Feb 24
Joseph was very friendly and professional. He did an awesome job installing our bathroom faucet.
Jessica TurnerJessica Turner
16:59 11 Feb 24
Plumber Joshua Lopez was AWESOME!
Paul RenobatoPaul Renobato
16:18 11 Feb 24
Husam showed up today and provided great service!
02:32 11 Feb 24
Signed up for the Sadie membership as a a preventative measure to avoid bigger problems down the line. Had my appointment to check my system today and to my surprise the tech discovered a huge gash in my ductwork! Thankfully so because the ductwork up there is a very tight space which I could never squeeze myself into and would’ve gone unnoticed for who knows how long. Huge thank you to Technician Roy Adame for making the trip out on a Saturday afternoon, going the extra mile to fully inspect the system in a tight space, and fully explaining the possible causes of the damage and the impact it would on the system performance. 🙏🏼🤙🏼🫡👏🏼🙂
Melton CerritosMelton Cerritos
23:26 10 Feb 24
Peter was great. He was very thorough on explanation of the units and what needed to be done very grateful for his information.
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21:17 10 Feb 24
Carlos MacedoCarlos Macedo
17:45 02 Feb 24
Abdiel Chavez was our service technician today for Goettl. He was very thorough, knowledgeable and courteous and the work was done smoothly and in a timely manner. We enjoying meeting Abdiel and having him in our home.