The first thing we should mention is that your air conditioner is not designed to run at all times. In a system that is working properly, the air conditioning system starts up once the temperature in your home goes above the setting on the thermostat. As soon as the room reaches your desired temperature once more, the system should turn off.

The air conditioning system is meant to cycle on and off throughout the day, so a unit that is constantly running should be checked by a technician—with some exceptions.

What You Can Check on Your Own

The constant cycling of your air conditioner may actually be a result of user error. Check the following areas of your AC to find out if you may have inadvertently caused the problem.

  • The thermostat is set too low. If the thermostat is set to 55 degrees, your AC is going to have a hard time getting there, so constant cycling is to be expected. This is an inefficient way to run an air conditioner, and it won’t cool the room any faster. Try a setting between 75 and 78 instead.
  • You have the thermostat set to the “Fan On” setting. This setting does not actually cool the home and is unnecessary in most cases.
  • You haven’t changed the air filter. If you haven’t changed the air filter in several months, the air conditioner will have a harder time reaching the desired temperature and may cycle constantly in an attempt to get there.

Efficiency and Performance Issues

In most cases, a system running non-stop is a sign that your air conditioner is not working properly. Call a technician to your home to check out the problem. It could be that parts of your air conditioner only need to be cleaned, but it’s also possible that a part of your AC is broken.

The friendly technicians at Buehler Air Conditioning & Plumbing can repair your air conditioning system in the Jacksonville, FL area. Make a good call! 

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