On a normal summer day, homeowners in Wilmer, Alabama, can expect their air conditioners’ cooling cycles to last for about 15 minutes. If your air conditioner is running for longer periods of time with short breaks between cycles, it’s probably not performing as efficiently as it should. To keep your home comfortable and prevent high utility bills, take steps to figure out why your air conditioner is running continuously.

Your Home Has Air Leaks

It’s common for air leaks to develop around doors and windows. These leaks let cool air escape, forcing your air conditioner to run more often and for longer periods of time. Periodically check for air leaks, and take steps to seal them. If your home isn’t actively leaking cool air, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable.

Your Air Conditioner Is Getting Old

Older HVAC units have to work harder to cool your home. The components of air conditioners become less efficient as they age, causing older units to take longer to reach the desired temperature. A professional HVAC technician can help you decide when to replace aging parts and when to consider a full replacement. New air conditioners typically have shorter cycles and use less energy.

Your HVAC’s Evaporator Coil Is Dirty

A dirty evaporator coil hampers the cooling process and forces your air conditioner to work harder. Due to its location, the evaporator coil often becomes covered with dirt and debris. Fortunately, this problem is easy to fix — and possibly avoid altogether — by having your HVAC unit serviced regularly by a professional technician.

If your air conditioner is running continuously, check your doors and windows to make sure you don’t have a problem with air leaks. If you can’t find an obvious cause, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Air Specialty. We can figure out what’s going on and help you get your home cooling efficiently again. Visit our website or give us a call at 251-415-4559.

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