Why won’t my air conditioner quit running?

It’s not quite summer but we are already dealing with summer temperatures.  This means you likely have your air conditioner running to beat the heat…but what if it isn’t shutting off?  If your unit isn’t taking breaks there is likely a problem deeper than “it’s hot outside.”  It could be something small that’s a quick and easy fix or require a service call.  Below are a couple of possible options on why it is running nonstop.

It is possible that you have your thermostat set incorrectly.  How low do you have it currently set?  You may have it set too low that realistically the temperature cannot cool down that much so it’ll constantly run to try to catch up.  Are you trying to run it on 50 degrees because it’s 85 in the room?  Don’t feel bad, I’ve done it too.  Try turning your thermostat up just a few degrees to see if things start functioning properly.

It that doesn’t help…

The compressor may have issues that need to be addressed.  It could be an issue with refrigerant leaking, needing a good cleaning or requires replacement parts.  Your absolute best bet would be to have a technician come out and take a look to make sure the problem is resolved the first time around.  Routine maintenance on your unit is recommended, anyway, so why wait for a problem to arise when you can nip it in the bud?  If you’re confident in your abilities you can try to clean it yourself first to see if that helps.

If none of these solutions help, it may be time for a new unit.  We can help with that and the routine maintenance you should be doing anyway. For more information you can check out our website.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.