Why Is My HVAC Running so Much?

You Skipped Your Annual Tune-Up

Your air conditioner needs to be maintained from time to time or parts get dirty and stop working like they should. Dust and dirt caked on your compressor or coils force your air conditioner to work harder than a cleaned and lubricated machine would. Your air conditioner should be professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year.

During an annual tune-up, a professional HVAC technician will clean all of the parts of your HVAC system that get dirty (except your ducts; they require their own cleaning appointment) and lubricate all of it’s moving parts. The technician will also inspect your coolant lines for leaks. A coolant leak can leave your air conditioner blowing warm air and running constantly.

Your Air Conditioner Is Too Small

Believe it on not, air conditioners do come in different sizes to fit differently sized homes. Depending on the size of your house, your home’s insulation, and the amount of sun your house is exposed to during the day, your house may need more cooling power than your air conditioner can provide. As air conditioners age, they also lose some of their cooling efficiency. The way to fix this is by upgrading your old air conditioner to a larger one.

Your HVAC Filter Is Dirty

If it’s been over three months since you changed your HVAC filter, your filter is probably packed with dust. A clogged filter prevents air from getting through your ducts and into your house as efficiently as the air should, causing your air conditioner to have to run constantly to keep up. If it doesn’t feel like much air is coming out of your vents, a dirty filter is probably to blame.

If your HVAC system is overworked, call Sun City Plumbing & Heating for a maintenance plan. We have the products and know-how to get your home cool in no time.

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