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What is short cycling? - Rick's Heating and Cooling

What is short cycling?

Simply put, “short cycling” is a term used to describe short run times for your HVAC equipment. For example, if your air conditioner is shutting on and off frequently, it could be short cycling. So why is this such a problem? When your HVAC equipment is short cycling, it leads to:

  • Poor energy efficiency
  • Poor home comfort
  • Lower system lifespan
  • Maintenance issues
  • Dehumidification problems
  • And more

And it’s not enough just to ask “what is short cycling,” you need to ask the most important question: why? Why is your system short cycling? There are a lot of reasons why your air conditioner or furnace could be operating less than optimally, including:

  • Low refrigerant charge
  • Mechanical issues
  • Problems with the compressor
  • Frozen coils
  • And more

It’s always in your best interests to have your system checked out by a professional if it’s short cycling because it is most likely going to require repairs.

When you need a full-service HVAC company in Cincinnati, OH, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling. We offer professional estimates on all of our furnace and air conditioner repairs. Call today!