Hot weather is not always enjoyable, and interiors can become quite uncomfortable when the thermostat drifts in an upward direction. Thankfully, an HVAC cooling system could bring temperatures down to more welcoming levels. Homeowners can access their air conditioning whenever they want, and flipping the “on” switch helps make a home livable. Some may become so reliant on cooler air that they choose to run their air conditioners incessantly. However, it might not be advisable to keep an air conditioner running without any breaks.
Mixed Messages About Running an Air Conditioner 24/7
Not all sources agree about the risks associated with running an air conditioner 24/7. Some state that there might not be a problem allowing the system to operate without a break since advanced equipment and connecting parts are not prone to melting. While there may be some truth to the notion that modern HVAC systems have tremendous durability, risks may exist with letting an AC unit go for so long.
A Danger Exists
Air conditioners contain numerous parts that work together to pump cool air through the vents into a home. One critical component is the evaporator coil, also known as the cooling coil. If you wonder where all the hot air in a house goes when the air conditioner runs, the cooling coil plays a critical role in getting rid of it. The coil absorbs the heat from inside a house.
Running the AC unit without any breaks might cause problems for the cooling coil, creating a potential ripple effect of issues. The pressure placed on the cooling coil may result in a refrigerant backup. So, the liquid refrigerant could go back into the compressor. The compressor supports the movement of liquid refrigerant from the cooling coil to the condenser coil. Once the condenser breaks, do not expect the air conditioner to do its job. Replacing a broken compressor might cost a significant sum, too.
Stress on the System
As previously mentioned, running a unit without any breaks could put stress on its various parts. Even the most well-built system could suffer when not given time off, and parts that might already be aging could suffer worse wear and tear. Anyone unsure about an HVAC system’s condition should request a cleaning and inspection to check things out.
Louisville residents can turn to Breckinridge Heating & Cooling for AC repair or inspection services. Our company also handles installation duties if a homeowner wants a new system.
Running the Air Conditioner as Needed
No set standard exists for how often someone should keep an air conditioner running, but 15 to 20 minutes should be more than enough to cool a decent-sized interior. Running the AC unit a little longer might be necessary during scorching weather. If you shut off the unit and the room gets hot again, flip the “on” switch again. Such steps might be preferable to running the unit nonstop and risking any problems. Fans are also a great alternative to keeping the cool air circulating while the AC unit is not running.
Added Costs and Waste
Running an air conditioner continuously drives up costs. The more you use the air conditioner, the more energy the system consumes, leading to higher monthly energy bills. Cutting back on usage could make a summertime budget more affordable. Reducing consumption might also cut back on a house’s carbon footprint.
Installing a Programmable Thermostat
Perhaps the solution to uncomfortable temperatures involves installing a programmable thermostat instead of leaving the air conditioner running. A programmable thermostat allows a homeowner to time when the AC unit operates. So, the system does not have to run when it reaches a specific temperature or when no one is home. Instead, the unit would follow the programmed directions. This way, energy and money end up saved. Apps connected to programmable thermostats may allow manual overrides from remote locations. So, if the homeowner wishes to make any temperature changes, he or she could do so by engaging a smartphone.
Ask the Professionals
If you need an exact estimate of how long you should run your unit or have specific questions about your model, Breckinridge Heating & Cooling is just a call away. Besides AC and heater repair or maintenance work, customers can also ask about indoor air quality and duct cleaning work as well as heat pumps and ductless mini-splits. We are a family-owned business, and our doors first opened in 1954. Call our office to request an estimate today!