Ideally, a properly running air conditioning system should cycle for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, about two to three times per hour
Heating and cooling systems are complicated appliances to run if you are unsure of what to do. You might even not know when you’re experiencing a problem if you have just moved in or have had a new unit installed. However, your air conditioning system’s cycle can be a good indicator of whether your HVAC system is up to par. An AC cycle refers to the duration your unit is running to keep your home cool. Unless your AC thermostat is set to FAN ON, there may be durations when your air conditioning system isn’t running, which is normal. Anytime your air conditioner is running is considered to be part of the cooling cycle. Short cycles usually point out significant issues, particularly when a cycle begins a few minutes after the previous cycle ended. If your AC is only running for less than ten minutes, many times per hour, it may result in permanent and irreplaceable damage to your compressor. Long cycles are also problematic, as they may be a sign that your HVAC system is too small for your home, or the ducts are sized or sealed improperly. Ideally, a properly running air conditioning system should cycle for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, about two to three times per hour. If your indoor temperatures are higher than the temperature that the thermostat is set at, or your outdoor temperature is higher than your indoor temperature, the run time will increase. More energy-efficient HVAC systems will also run longer than standard HVAC systems, as they are designed with improved temperature regulations and humidity removal abilities for enhanced home comfort.