Did you know that the invention of the air conditioner in 1902 was credited to Willis Carrier?

Since then, AC units have come a long way and are even considered a staple in many homes worldwide. Unfortunately, part of owning an AC unit is knowing how to deal with problems that pop up along the way.

So, keep reading to find out what it means when your AC keeps running and what the cause might be.

Dirty Coils

If your AC won’t stop running and you haven’t had your unit serviced in a while, it is possible that you could have a dirty evaporator on the inside of the unit and dirty condenser coils on the outside. It is important to have your AC professionally maintained to ensure dirt buildup in your machine doesn’t become a problem.

If the evaporator coils are dirty, it is possible that your AC condensate drain line could be clogged, which could lead to internal damage. It isn’t recommended to clean these coils yourself; you should rather call a professional to inspect your machine.

While you shouldn’t clean these parts yourself, you can help keep your AC system clean by replacing your air filters regularly and keeping the outdoor unit clean and clear of debris. It is also important to keep the top of the unit open to maintain airflow. While ensuring airflow isn’t impeded, it is also important to check that nothing is blocking your return vent since this could also cause your AC to keep running.

Air Conditioner Is Too Large or Small

Did you know that nearly half of the HVAC systems in the United States are installed incorrectly? Not only does this cause your system to be ineffective, but it affects your bills and general comfort.

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to AC installations is choosing the wrong size model. To ensure your AC functions properly, your entire home needs to be measured; this includes:

  • square footage
  • volume
  • insulation
  • ventilation

If your unit is too small for the area, it will need to run much longer than should be necessary. Not only does this push your utility bill up, but it also means you won’t have any peace and quiet. A too-large unit is also a problem as it can cause airflow problems.

A professional AC installation company will be able to tell you if the size of your unit is what is causing you problems. 

Know What to Do if Your AC Keeps Running

Knowing what to do if your AC keeps running is part of owning an AC unit. Once you’ve figured out how to identify these common AC problems, you will be able to have the issue sorted out much quicker. And remember, when in doubt, call a professional to help you assess the situation!

If you’re in the Riverside County, California area and in need of AC installation or repair services, please feel free to contact us today!