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5 Reasons Your Air Conditioner is Always Running

When summer arrives in the Sacramento Valley, you might notice your air conditioner is always running.  This can be a sign that it’s working harder than it should be to keep your home cool.


It’s important to have an experienced HVAC technician diagnose this problem early to head off any damage to your unit and keep your AC working all summer.  Here are five reasons your air conditioner might be running continuously.

1. You Need to Replace Your Air Filter

Most AC filters need to be changed every 90 days and more often if you have pets. If you haven’t thought to change your air conditioning filter for a while, it can reduce the amount of cold air your unit can circulate through your home.

2. Poor Insulation

Another potential problem could be poor insulation. If your home is not insulated well, it will leak the cool air through the walls or roof and force your unit to work harder to compensate.

3. Your Thermostat Isn’t Working

If your air conditioner cools your home effectively but is always running, your thermostat could be the reason. If your thermostat is incorrectly measuring the temperature in your home, it will keep the unit running unnecessarily, driving up your utility bills.

4. Your Unit or Ductwork Isn’t the Right Size

If the problem doesn’t stem from your filter, thermostat, or insulation, your HVAC system might be improperly sized. If a unit is too small, it will have to work overtime to cool your home, and incorrect ductwork won’t circulate air effectively.

5. Your AC Unit Has Reached the End

As a general rule of thumb, an air conditioner has a life cycle of 20 years. If your unit is approaching or has already passed the 20-year mark, you should consider upgrading to a new, energy-efficient model.  Not only will a new AC help you stay cool this summer, but you’ll save on your utility bills too. Your experts at Absolute Comfort can inspect your situation and make the right recommendation for you.

If your Fair Oaks home air conditioner is always running, contact Absolute Comfort Heating & Air.  Our friendly technicians can service and repair any unit, and if it’s time to replace yours, they will help you find one that fits your needs and budget. Call (916) 224-7159 to speak with our friendly staff or contact us here to get started.

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