How Long Should Your AC Run?

How Long Should Your AC Run?

You may be noticing that your air conditioner is cutting in and out frequently or maybe it feels like it never turns off at all? Whichever predicament you may be in, you may find yourself wondering if this is normal? Find out exactly how your AC should be running.

The first step of understanding a “normal” running schedule for your air conditioner is learning that an air conditioner’s run time varies based on the design of the system and is also determined by cycles and thermostat input. To maintain the desired temperature of your home, a standard single-stage AC should cycle 2-3 times an hour. If your AC is cycling more frequently than this, it may be short cycling. If it is “short cycling” and shutting off in less than 15 minutes, it could lead to higher energy bills, less comfort and more stress on the AC unit. This can be caused by an oversized unit, a vent blowing towards the thermostat, or a fan speed that’s too high, among other things.

Another concern of homeowners is the amount of time it should take to cool or warm their home. This is largely dependent on many factors such as the size of your unit, the size of your home, the outdoor temperature and more. Unfortunately, there is no standard to let you know what is normal for your AC without determining these factors.

If neither of these issues pertain to you but you’ve noticed that your AC has been constantly running, this may indicate a huge problem both for your AC and your electricity bills. If the AC is running all day it might be because of poor insulation, a really hot day, a thermostat that is set very low, or even a 2 stage or variable speed unit that is designed to stay on in a low-energy mode to reduce the number of on/off cycles that contribute to high energy consumption.

If you notice any abnormalities in your air conditioner, make sure to call the Cool Guys to come properly diagnose the issue and offer solutions. Once we come check out your unique situation, we can also offer you our professional tips on exactly how your system should be running and for how long so you know how to detect and prevent issues in the future. Call us today for your reliable comfort 210-534-2665!

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