If your air conditioner seems to be constantly running, then a number of problems could be occurring. However, we at Neuhaus Heating & Air Conditioning have your back. Some of the issues that can arise are not always bad, because they allow you to see any possible issues in your home or with your unit overall. Below we have listed possible causes as to why your air conditioning unit is running non-stop, and how to fix these issues.
Common Causes for Your Air Conditioning Unit to Run Non-stop:
Your Unit’s Age
Every air conditioning unit has a life span, similar to other appliances. Even if you have properly maintained your unit, it eventually has to get replaced. Buying a new unit will end up saving you money in the long run, because newer ones tend to run more efficiently than older models.
Another plus side to getting a newer unit is new models are more energy saving, using only around half of the electricity compared to an old unit. Make sure to check the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating system when you are thinking about purchasing a new unit. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient and effective the system.
Your Air Conditioning Unit is in Need of Maintenance
Air conditioning units need regular maintenance to continue running smoothly. On average you should do maintenance twice a year. The first time should be during the spring before the warm weather begins, and the second time should be early fall once everything has cooled down. If your unit is not clean, including coils, air filters, and ducts, you will most likely run into airflow problems and inefficient cycling.
Poor Insulation or Air Leaks-It’s Time to Seal
If your unit has poor sealing or not enough insulation, it can begin to run constantly. If your home has any air leaks while your air conditioning system is running, this can also leak out cool air causing the unit to keep running as well. We suggest making sure that there are no small holes in your walls, and that your home is properly insulated to prevent this air from leaking out and to save you money in the long run.
Is Your Thermostat Not Working? Here’s What to Do
If your system is running non-stop, it may be an issue with your home’s thermostat. One issue is that your home could be at the current temperature, but your thermostat may not be registering the temperature. If this is happening it will cause your air conditioning unit to continue running.
A way that you can check to see if your thermostat is the problem is by placing a thermometer near your thermostat. After about an hour, check the reading, and you will see if the thermometer is at the temperature your thermostat is supposed to be set to.
Check The Status of Your Air Filter
Do you remember the last time you changed your air conditioning unit’s air filter?
If the answer is no, then it is time that you make sure you change out your unit’s air filter. When you do not change your filters, they tend to get dirty and can restrict airflow. Having dirty air filters cuts down on the amount of cool air that your unit can produce. This issue makes our air conditioning unit run more throughout the day because it does not have the proper filter to release the cold air into your home. A major issue dirty filters can cause to your system is overheating. This is why we always advise you to make sure you are cleaning the build-up from your filters or replace them once a month.
No matter the issue, we at Neuhaus Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help you maintain your Hillsboro, IL home’s air conditioning system. If you run into any further questions or need us to come and check it out, call us today!