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Help! My Air Conditioner Keeps Shutting Off!

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When temperatures rise and the summer heat hits, it’s very important that your air conditioner is working at its optimal level. One of the most common AC problems our expert technicians at Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning hear is, “My air conditioner keeps shutting off!”

If you’ve become frustrated by the way your air conditioner keeps shutting off, you need to call us at 240-342-6910 for professional AC repair services.

Why Does My Air Conditioner Keep Shutting Off?

A typical problem we see occurs when air conditioners short cycle, or frequently turn on and off again for no reason, often before the home has reached the desired temperature. This can be both frustrating and inefficient.

There are a few common reasons your AC unit might be turning on and off:

Compressor Issues

The compressor is the engine of your AC unit’s refrigerant cycle and is responsible for generating the pressurized conditions under which the refrigerant absorbs and dissipates thermal energy. It is often a sealed component so that dust and debris cannot damage its internal moving parts.

But if it is subject to overheating or has become worn out, it may indicate this by shutting off frequently. An AC compressor can break for several possible reasons such as a blown fuse (commonly caused by the compressor tripping the breaker), a broken motor overload protector, or burnt wiring.

If you think you may have a broken AC compressor, contact Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning today!

Low Refrigerant Levels

The level of refrigerant in your AC needs to be consistent in order for it to work properly. When you scheduled AC installation, your unit was given a certain “charge,” but if the level of refrigerant falls below this, it can lead to inadequate cooling and energy inefficiency. It can even cause your AC to short cycle. As such, AC refrigerant leaks should be dealt with immediately.

Frozen AC Coil

An AC unit’s evaporator coil resides in the indoor air handler and is responsible for cooling the warm air drawn from the interior of your home. But if you have a clogged air filter or some other airflow issue, then frost can build up on your evaporator coils. This can cause your system to shut off frequently. If your air conditioner freezes, call us for repair services.

Schedule AC Repair in Howard & Montgomery County, MD

The above are just a few reasons that could cause your AC to keep shutting off. If you think your AC system is experiencing these or other issues, it is likely time to schedule repair. Remember—all AC repairs should be carried out by a professional.

Contact us today if you need AC repair services in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Clarksburg, or other nearby areas in Montgomery County, MD.

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