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Does The Outside AC Unit Always Run?

At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we enjoy helping our clients stay comfortable no matter the season with our professional air conditioning repair, installation, and replacement services. Every time you feel that nice cool breeze from your AC, a lot is happening behind the scenes. Part of this magic is thanks to the outside AC unit. This unit, often found in your backyard or on the side of your home, plays a big role in the cooling process.

Does the External AC Unit Always Operate?

Your AC system consists of two main components: the internal unit that absorbs the warm air from your home and the external unit, known as the condenser unit, that releases that heat outside. This happens with the assistance of the compressor, fan, and condensing coils. They function together to ensure your home remains comfortable. So, does this external unit operate constantly? The answer is no. The frequency at which your external AC unit operates is influenced by several factors, including the setting on your thermostat. A cooler setting might make the unit run more frequently. On particularly hot days, the external unit might be active for extended periods, while on milder days, it operates less frequently. Advanced AC units are designed to be energy efficient, running when necessary and conserving energy when possible. If you notice your AC rapidly turning on and off, known as "short-cycling", this could indicate a potential issue.

Indicators of AC Malfunction

Here's how to recognize potential problems with your AC:

  • External Unit Not Running: If it's warm and your home isn't cooling down, and the external unit isn't operating, there might be an issue. This could range from a simple setting adjustment to something more complex. A qualified HVAC company can help determine the cause.
  • Unusual Sounds or Vibrations: If your AC is making unfamiliar noises or seems to vibrate excessively, it's an indication that something might be amiss. This could be due to internal components that have become loose or potential obstructions.
  • Presence of Ice: Seeing ice or frost on your AC is a definite concern. This could be because of restricted airflow or possibly a refrigerant issue.
  • AC Running But Not Cooling: If the internal unit is on, but the room remains warm, you might need an AC repair service.

Maintaining an Efficient AC Operation

Routine check-ups not only extend the life of your AC but also ensure that the air quality in your home remains at its best. While homeowners can manage simple tasks such as cleaning or replacing filters, it's always a good idea to seek expert advice for more complex issues. If you find that your AC, especially an older model, is frequently malfunctioning, it may be time to consider an upgrade. The latest AC units on the market are typically more energy-efficient and effective. A few other tips to optimize your air conditioner’s performance include ensuring proper insulation in your home, utilizing ceiling fans to aid in the circulation of cool air, and setting your thermostat at a comfortable level that avoids extreme temperatures.

Are You Looking for a Qualified HVAC Company for Your Next AC Repair?

If your AC is refusing to do its job, get help from the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. Our specialists have the tools and experience needed to get your HVAC system working at its best in no time. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your next air conditioning repair, installation, or replacement service.

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