Question about Heating & Cooling
So I'm barely noticing this but my Air Condtioner seems to turn on and off more than usual. Before coming onto here to put up my question, someone else told me this is normal to save energy while another said this wasn't. My AC doesn't have a display to see the temperature, just a dial nob to 1-10 on 10 being the coolest of course and another setting for Hi and Low speed for the fan. It does throw cool air but only for about 2min and then it will shut off and the fan will be the only thing blowing for about 5min until again the cool air kicks in. The filter is clean and the coils too as well. Does it need any additional cleaning from within? Also not sure if it's because I've changed the location of my AC to another window in the same room which has the sun contantly hitting on the AC more than it did on it's original location that was placed in. If so, will the sun have any affect on it's performance? Perhaps I may need to put back the AC to the window where the sun was less to be hitting it directly.
It sounds to me like you have a weak run capacitor on the compressor. This will cause the compressor to be able to run for a short period, but it will be overworking itself to compensate for the weak capacitor. It overheats, shuts off to protect itself, cools down and restarts again. If you have it set to 10 I don't think you would be comfortable in the room if the thermostat was satisfying and turning the unit off. An a/c tech can replace the weak capacitor, but the cost of repair will probably rival that of a new unit.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
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