Why Does My Air Conditioner Run All Day?

5 Reasons That May Be Causing Your Air Conditioner To Run Constantly

No one dreads an energy bill like a Floridian in the Summer! That’s because we know the high temperatures outside can make it harder to keep it cool indoors – but what’s normal and what is not for how long your air conditioner should be running?

On a normal Summer day, even in the 90s, your air conditioner should be run for about 15 minutes per cycle and have about 2 to 3 cycles per hour. However, if your air conditioning system has a cycle that runs for 30 minutes, an hour, or just doesn’t seem to stop and runs all day, then your air conditioner might just have something wrong with it.

Ignoring the issue, or waiting too long to take care of it, will only cause you a bigger headache in the long run. First, when you see your monthly energy bill and then when it completely breaks down from overuse and needs far more serious repairs.

Here are 5 reasons that may be causing your air conditioner to run all day:

  1. Its actually too small for your home and can’t keep up. You may wonder how that could happen – shouldn’t the right size have been installed in the first place? Normally, yes. However, industry recommendations change over time; what may have been considered a good size 10 years ago may not be any more. Or it could be that the previous home owner didn’t want to shell out the money for the right size or the previous HVAC technician didn’t do the job correctly. Whatever the case, have your system reviewed to see if the size is causing your issue.
  2. Your air conditioner is too old and it can’t keep up. Just like people age and find that they are no longer as limber or energetic as they once were, your air conditioner also has stages of life. Most systems last only 12-15 years and typically after 10, they may struggle to keep up with cooling demands in their “old” age.
  3. You home is draftier than you knew. Leaks throughout your home – along windows, doorways, in the attic, or even in the ductwork can let some of that cool air out – leaving your air conditioner to work that much harder to replace that cold air.
  4. Your thermostat is set too low. In order to keep up with cooling demands, your thermostat will need to be set to a reasonable temperature range. If it’s a scorching 98 degree day out with no cloud coverage in site (and of course, a high humidity index) and you have your thermostat set to 68 degrees then your air conditioner is going to have to work overtime and run constantly to maintain that 30 degree difference. Try bumping the thermostat up 5 degrees and turn on ceiling fans to help keep your home cool.
  5. Your ac system has dirty coils. You may not know to check the coils or even how to, but with routine annual maintenance this issue can be avoided. The coils are what cool the air and if they are dirty, then it will be harder for them to do their job – which means your air conditioner will run longer to cool the air as required.


Reasons Your Air Conditioner May Struggle This Summer And How To Deal With It

In Florida we know how important it is to keep our air conditioners running at their maximum performance all year long, but especially during the long, hot summer months. We definitely experience some record-setting hot days living in Florida, which means your AC has to work harder to keep up with the demand placed on it. Here are a few reasons your AC might struggle to keep up this summer, and what you can do to help deal with it.

YOU MISSED IMPORTANT MAINTENANCE

It is just as important for you air conditioning system to have an annual checkup as it is for you to have an annual health checkup. It is best to have your AC system checked at least once a year, before the peak summer season when you will need it the most, to make sure that it is running at it’s maximum efficiency and will be able to keep up with the rough summer demands placed upon it. If you haven’t had your annual AC system checkup performed already this year, don’t delay any further. Your trained maintenance technician should fully inspect your system, checking for any necessary repair or adjustments, and cleaning your system as they go along.

YOU HAVEN’T CHANGED THE AIR FILTER RECENTLY

Changing your air filter regularly is one of the simplest and most important things you can do to help keep your AC system running efficiently. The air filter’s job is to make sure that the inside components of your AC system are protected from dirt and debris that can clog and impact it’s performance. As your air filter gets fuller, it becomes more difficult for it to block dirt and debris from entering into your system and can restrict the airflow in your home. This will force your AC system to have to work harder to continue to perform the way that it should. It is ideal to check and change your air filter every 1 to 3 months depending on how frequently you are using your system and the number of contaminants in your air.

YOU AREN’T USING YOUR AIR CONDITIONER EFFICIENTLY

There are certainly many things you can do during the hot summer months that will help your AC system run as efficiently as possible. One of the most important things you can do is to help reduce the heat that is coming into your home. The less heat there is in your home, the less your AC system has to work to properly cool it. And the less work your AC system has to put in to keeping your home cool, the longer it will continue to run efficiently. Here are some tips to help you reduce the heat inside your home:

  • Close off unused rooms by closing doors and vents. There is no reason to cool rooms that you aren’t using.
  • Cover your windows with good shading. The less sun that is able to get into the home, the cooler it will be naturally.
  • Take advantage of the summer BBQ time and cook outdoors – this will keep your oven and stove from producing additional heat inside the home.
  • If you use a dishwasher don’t use the dry cycle. Once the dishes are done in the wash cycle simply leave the door open and let them air dry.
  • Try to only use your clothes dryer during cooler times at night. Using it during the hottest part of the day will only add even more heat to your home.
  • Keep heat producing appliances and electronics such as the television, computer, and lamps away from your home’s thermostat. If your thermostat is reading the temperature based off the heat of your electronics, it will continue to run longer than necessary.

YOUR AIR CONDITIONER WAS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED

If your air conditioner wasn’t installed by professionals, or even if it was and a good job was not performed, there is a possibility that your AC system could have been installed improperly which can lead to a number of issues with your system. It is possible that your AC system is not the right size for your home, which can cause issues whether it is too small or too large for the size of your home. Having an improperly sized AC unit forces your system to work harder as it goes through a process called short-cycling in which the unit rapidly turns off and on without ever completing a full cooling cycle. This can cause your system to operate inefficiently and potentially lead to a premature breakdown of your unit. If you think you are having issues with your AC system you should contact a properly licensed professional technician to come out and review your system to check for proper installation and to correct any improper installation concerns.

THERE IS A REFRIGERANT LEAK

Refrigerant, Freon for older systems and R410a for newer systems, is the chemical product used to help absorb the heat from your air and keep your AC system producing cool air. If your AC system doesn’t have enough refrigerant, or if there is a leak in your system, then it can’t absorb enough heat to properly cool the air. Signs of a refrigerant leak include a low refrigerant level, ice buildup on the refrigerant line and the outside unit, bubbling or hissing noises, and your air conditioner being able to properly cool your home on cool days and at night but not on hot days. If you think you might have a refrigerant leak it is best to turn your AC system off and call a professional technician as soon as possible! If your AC system runs with a refrigerant leak for too long, it could cause even further damage to your compressor which is expensive to replace.

As you can see there are many things you can do yourself to help improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system and keep it running at its maximum performance all summer long. But some things are going to require a professional’s help. If you need help from a professional contact the technicians at EasyBreezy A/C at 727-856-4822 today!



What To Do If Your HVAC System Is Impacted By Flooding

Hurricane season is right around the corner and one thing we have to be extremely careful about in Florida is how we should respond if our home is affected by flooding. In Florida we know that we can be affected by flooding from anything ranging from a heavy rainstorm to a tropical storm to a hurricane. It is important for you to know the proper steps to take to both prepare for flooding and to recover from flooding that has affected our HVAC system.

  1. Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves. This is the number one priority before you or anyone in your family reenters your home after a major storm and flooding. You won’t know for sure what electrical damage may have occurred as a result of the flooding, so you want to make sure all power is shut off for electrical switches and gas valves to keep you and your family safe! You should keep the power to your HVAC system shut off until it is able to be professionally inspected by a trained technician.
  1. Let your equipment completely dry out. If your HVAC system was flooded and any part of it was underwater, you will want to make sure you give it enough time to completely dry out before you take any further action. A wet or damp system can be dangerous to work on.
  1. Have your HVAC system professionally inspected. This is one area where you will want to be sure to call a professional before you take any further action on your own. You should contact an experienced and qualified technician to come inspect your HVAC system to assess any damage and necessary repairs prior to turning your system back on. Damage that may have occurred as a result of flooding is not always easily visible so it is best to have a trained professional inspect your equipment first!

Be sure to use caution when selecting your technician for your HVAC inspection. During times like these there will unfortunately be more opportunists looking to make a quick buck and you will want to make sure that the technician you select is properly trained, certified, and licensed.

 Be patient! After a major storm there may be a lot of devastation and a lot to get done, but you want to make sure that it is done right and not just in a rush. The power company may tell you it is okay to go ahead and resume power at your home, but if your HVAC system was affected by the flooding you will need to still keep the power cut off from your system until it has been properly inspected by a professional.

What Can I Expect From The Technician During The Inspection?

  • Your technician will ask how deeply your home was flooded and how long your equipment was underwater. They will also ask if your equipment was running during the flood event.
  • Your technician will inspect heating and cooling electrical components.
  • Your technician will remove flood-residue from coils.
  • Your technician will check all connections, on both your indoor and outdoor units, and control circuits.
  • Your technician will clean, dry, and disinfect the refrigerant system if it is not damaged.
  • If you have a gas system, your technician will check the gas valves and ductwork.
  • Your technician will identify any components of your system that need to be repaired or will recommend a system replacement, if necessary.

In this devastating time, we want you to know that we are here for you and your family! If you aren’t confident in doing any of this yourself, or if you would just prefer the reassurance of knowing you had a professional on your side, contact EasyBreezy A/C today. We can help take one stressful item off your plate and get your HVAC system running normally once again.



The Best Time To Get A New HVAC System

When homeowners consider when the right moment to replace their home a/c unit, they might want to keep this principle in mind: When it comes to air conditioning units, there are “no end of the year model blowouts” like you find among automobile dealerships. That said, there are times when in the cooling and heating industry that there are reasonable bargains on a new HVAC unit.  

Seasonal Supply and Demand

Often, the best times to get the most quality for the least cost are between extremes.  In other words, the seasons between extreme heat, the summer months, and the coldest months of winter are times when a/c installers find business to be a bit slower.  Since they’re eager to move more product and spike their cash flows, you generally find a greater number of nicer deals on the market.

Conversely, when higher temperatures are the norm, these companies tend to have more work, as units around the community tend to develop problems or simply break down and need replacing.  More work for them means you’ll need to pay more to earn their time. These are simple laws of supply and demand. Yet using the core principles of supply and demand will go a long way in helping you know when to shop.

Marketing Ploys

Another principle consumers should use comes down to timing.  Sometimes an a/c repair service and installer will be rebounding from a downturn, for whatever reason, in their own business.  At these times the owner is generally looking to ‘re-enter’ the market and will cut deals with consumers to sell more inventory – or, move product from manufacturer to consumer.  The marketing entity needs to increase sales volume. Lowering prices, a good thing for customers, becomes his main marketing strategy. You can be savvy toward these kinds of deals by paying attention to the media, including mailers, Internet promos, and the like.

Avoid Costly Replacement With Routine Maintenance

It is true when it comes to your air conditioner that routine maintenance will solve many unwanted results and prolong the life of your air conditioner.  In the long term, you’ll find that regular checkups, tune ups and the like will prove more budget friendly than just defaulting to a belief you should replace your entire system.  Of course, if you sense – through sound or by observing alarming symptoms – your a/c system is on its last leg, consider the age of the entire system first. If it is getting toward 10 years or more in age, there’s a good chance that simple maintenance won’t solve your problems.  

$5,000 Rule

Should you find yourself with an a/c technician who is pushing you to replace the unit rather than repair it, claiming that fixinging it is just throwing money down the drain or wil only be the first of many repairs, stop and consider the “$5,000 Rule”. The “$5,000 Rule” is a general rule of thumb that takes the age of your unit and multiplies it by the cost of the repair. If the amount comes to more $5,000 then replacing the unit may be the better option. However, if the amount totals to less than $5,000 then go with the repair.

The best advice for the savvy homeowner is to find an AC technician you can trust.  Then at least once a year, ask him to go over your system and tell you the truth about its condition.



Help! My AC Won’t Turn On!

There are a few ways to save yourself some money when it comes to air conditioning repair. Before calling in the pros there are actually a few simple things you can check and fix yourself. Here are a few common issues and how to troubleshoot what may be wrong with your AC unit.

My Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On! Don’t assume that your air conditioner is broken or at the end of its life, especially if it is already several years old. Check these common, but easy to fix issues that can be the cause of an AC unit not coming on:

Thermostat: This may seem silly, but we have been on several calls where the thermostat was not set on “cool” – so it didn’t kick on when the temperature was lowered at the start of the warmer months.

Circuit Breaker: If the breaker trips for any reason, it can keep your unit from turning on. Storms are major causes of breakers tripping, and Florida is not short on those! Check the breaker and make sure everything is in the on position as it should.

Filter: Filters help keep your AC running smoothly on many levels. Fully remove the filter and replace it if it is clogged up with dirt and dust. You may have only had to replace it once or twice over the winter months, but spring and summer time increase pollen and other particles in the air increasing the frequency of changes.

I’ve checked the above, but my AC still won’t turn on! Once you’ve gone though the above and tried to turn your unit on again, if it still won’t come on, these may be the issue:

Rechecked the Thermostat: Go back and take a second look at your thermostat. Make sure that the temperature it is set to is cooler than the temperature indoors. If it is, lower the setting another 4 or 5 degrees – if your air conditioner doesn’t jump on this change, one possibility may be that the thermostat needs to be recalibrated or replaced.

Clear the Condenser: The condenser is the official term for the outdoor unit. Overgrown grass and weeds can infiltrate and choke your unit up. While you are out there, make sure there is no other debris (like leaves or trash) collecting around the condenser. There should be about 2 feet around the unit and 8 feet above the unit that is clear of obstruction. Proper spacing helps with adequate airflow.

Should you find that none of the recommended troubleshooting tips work, then you can be rest assured that you have tried everything you could to and that it is time to call in a professional air condition technician.



What You Need To Know About Wall Air Conditioning Units (Ductless Mini-Splits)

Whether it’s muggy, humid, or hot outside, we are unconcerned as long as the air conditioner is are running smoothly. Many people believe the only way to get reliable and successful indoor air comfort in the summer is with central air conditioning. The reality is, there are several benefits of a ductless mini-split ac unit – a unit in that is installed through an opening in a wall.

 

Cost

Ductless mini-splits are cheaper to purchase and install than most central air conditioners. Also, they are cheaper to operate in comparison to a central system. Wall units are more efficient for people who just use particular rooms within their home or office or have smaller homes that don’t require much cooling. Property owners can cool a room when necessary and turn off the unit when the room no longer needs cooling. With a wall air conditioning unit, you only pay for the rooms that need cooling rather than spending the extra money to cool the entire house; areas that remain vacant and unused.

Maintenance

Ductless mini-splits are much easier to repair and cheaper to replace compared to a central air system. You just replace the individual wall unit rather than buying a brand new air conditioner.  Also, when a central air conditioner system breaks down, you are stuck dealing with the undesirable indoor air quality. However, if a wall unit stops working, you can simply move to a different room that has a functioning unit while repairs for the malfunctioned AC is ongoing.

Lifespan

Depending on the make and model of the AC unit, mini-splits can last up to 12 years or more. It also depends on how well the unit was maintained and the frequency of its usage. Smaller sized brands, or lower-end wall AC units tend to last a maximum of 9 to 10 years. For models such as these, it is not advisable to pay for repairs if they break down. Even though AC systems are more affordable nowadays, it is better to buy a brand new AC unit than waste your money on expensive maintenance.

Professional Service

Ductless mini-splits do break down from time to time just like any other ordinary house equipment. It is good to be positive about replacing your mini-split unit before it stops working, especially if it the only means you have to cool your home or office. Do not be stuck in the hot damp, sticky weather this summer without good indoor cooling.

Instead, ensure that your mini-split is inspected or replaced before something like this takes place. The moment a wall air-conditioner device shows signs of damage or malfunction, call a licensed HVAC technician to inspect or service it as soon as possible. Indications of possible breakdown include clinking sounds, burning smells, strange sounds, and decreased or stained performance.



5 Signs You Need a New Air Conditioner

Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit Attached To The Side Of A Home

 

There are times when a homeowner should consider completely replacing their HVAC system instead of just repairing it. While it can be expensive to upgrade your air conditioner, it can actually help to save on costly energy and maintenance bills down the road.

But before you decide to replace, here are some ways to assure that your unit is incapable of repair, or just simply too old to function in a costly manner.

  • Your AC Unit is Older Than Your First Born. Any heat pump/air conditioning units should be considered to be upgraded if they are older than ten years old. If your furnace or boiler is older than 15 years, you may also think of replacing these as well. If you notice that your air conditioner is not keeping your house cool enough, even when the thermostat is set correctly, then this may be a sign that its age has caught up with its ability to cool your home.

 

  • Your Air Conditioner Is Always Working. If your unit is constantly running even when it is set on “Auto”, this may mean that your system is overloaded and this could be a good indication of that it needs to be replaced. This is especially true if it doesn’t seem to cool the house properly even after running all day. By replacing the unit, you could actually save on high monthly energy bills caused by an overworked system.

 

  • High Monthly Energy Bills. Did you know HVAC systems account for 40% of your energy bill? If your unit is costing you a pretty penny every month in utility bills, you may want to start thinking about replacing your air conditioner. There are several new energy efficient options, that are also surprisingly affordable.

 

  • Your Air Conditioner Is Always Breaking Down. The summer is nearly half over and if you have had to call an HVAC technician to your home 2 to 3 times already because your AC keeps breaking down, then a new unit may be your better option.

 

  • It Breaks the 5,000 Rule. A general rule of thumb in the HVAC industry is if your repair costs are over $5,000 then you should be looking at new units instead. If the repairs will cost you less than $5,000, then go ahead and get the fix done. Also be sure to add a maintenance plan to routinely check your air conditioner for problems before they happen.

 



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