F & C Air Conditioning

Short cycles and a short temper

Short cycles and a short temper

I would like to believe that I’m a fairly patient and well-tempered individual. However, I know that I have my limits, and I also have my pet peeves. Aside from bad drivers and people who block the aisle in a grocery store, one of my biggest pet peeves is when my home’s heating and A/C system starts acting with a mind of its own! Ever since I bought this cheap digital thermostat online through a discounted retailer, I’ve been having this strange issue where the heating system or A/C unit will have short cycles of operation. It’s like the thermostat is sending the message to stop working, but it’s being sent before the furnace or air conditioning unit can even heat or cool the house! Well, I did some digging into the potential causes, and one by one I was able to check them off as not being part of the problem. Many online forums claimed that the coils are freezing over, which is why the A/C system runs on such a short cycle time. However, that doesn’t explain why the heater does it too! Finally, I decided to put my faith in a real professional within the HVAC industry. After calling an HVAC specialist to come inspect my heating and air conditioning system at home, he concluded that neither the furnace nor the air conditioning unit were to blame. In fact, the suspect was exactly what I had a hunch about – the cheap digital thermostat! My HVAC specialist explained that digital thermostats are a wonderful thing, but I’ve got to be willing to spend the money to buy a high-quality thermostat. Otherwise, things like this will just keep happening!


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