A Miscalibrated Thermostat

Last weekend, I noticed that our air conditioning was running in odd cycles. I would hear the air conditioning turn on and power the air through the air vents, only to shut off within a few seconds. Some cycles would last much longer and some were shorter. I didn’t guess how our air conditioning was supposed to sound, although I thought this sounded abnormal. I called the emergency Heating and A/C line and asked a professional to come examine the air conditioning unit so I could rest knowing that I did what I could. While I was waiting for the Heating and A/C company to arrive, I timed the intervals in between cycles so I could relay the information. The Heating and A/C company listened to the short cycling himself, but he was thankful for our timing because it helped him get a better understanding of the severity. When I asked him what he thought it could be, he told myself and others that it was most likely our thermostat. This was something I hadn’t considered, although I was glad it wasn’t anything wrong with our air conditioning. Like he said, the thermostat was miscalibrated, which was causing the air to turn on and off at odd intervals. All he did was turn off the thermostat for thirty hours and then turned it back on again. Upon doing this, the short cycling stopped. However, he suggested that I have the thermostat upgraded if the same thing kept happening. I told him that I would keep an eye on it.

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