Should My AC Unit Be Running All Day?

May 20, 2022
AC Installation in Cave Creek, AZ

Warmer weather means it’s time to turn on the AC, but that does not mean it should be running all day continually. An air conditioner is designed to keep a home cool 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, but an energy-efficient air conditioner has control settings. So even when the AC is on, it doesn’t necessarily need to run the whole time. In most cases, the right size air conditioner for your space will run about 15 or 20 minutes to reach the desired temperature you set at intervals. Once the temperature is reached, the AC unit turns off and only turns back on to maintain the desired temperature setting.

Why Does My AC Unit Run Continuously?

An air conditioner unit that runs constantly may mean you have the wrong size AC unit for your space or that it is due for maintenance and a tune-up. An AC that runs continuously not only increases your electric bill but also experiences stress due to being overworked. Before calling in an HVAC service professional, here are some things you can check first:

  • Set thermostat temperature to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or above
  • Turn the setting to “Auto” so the unit only runs to reach the desired temperature
  • Clean the air filter or replace it every 30 – 90 days
  • Remove any dirt from coils

How Can an HVAC Service Provider Help Me?

If after all efforts have been made and your AC unit continues to run non-stop, then it’s time to call a professional HVAC service provider. The technician will out and inspect your AC unit. After inspection, the technician may indicate the unit needs a tune-up or recommend purchasing a properly size AC unit for your space if you have the wrong size.

Vent Masters is a professional air-conditioning and heating systems service provider serving Cave Creek and the surrounding area in Arizona. Our team handles heating and cooling repairs, installations, and maintenance as well as thermostats, indoor air quality solutions, ventilation, and new construction. Call us today for more information.

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