Whether you’re trying to save money or conserve energy, there’s a lot of debate on whether or not your air conditioner should run all the time.  

To make things simple, the answer is no. It’s not okay for your AC to run all the time. However, it depends on what you mean about the phrase “all the time”.  

Here we’ll explore both sides of the argument and help you make the best decision for your home. Also, if you’ve got more questions, don’t hesitate to contact your air conditioning company for help. 

Refrigerant Leak 

If your air conditioner is running all the time, it could be due to a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is what helps your air conditioner cool the air in your home, and if there’s a leak, it can cause your air conditioner to work overtime trying to cool your home.  

If you think you might have a refrigerant leak, the best thing to do is to call a professional for help.  

Evaporator Coils Are Dirty 

Another common reason why your air conditioner may seem to be running all the time is that the evaporator coils are dirty. The evaporator coils are responsible for absorbing heat from the air inside your home. If these coils are covered in dirt and dust, they will not be able to function properly.  

As a result, your air conditioner will have to work harder to cool your home, leading to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for the unit. To prevent this problem, it is important to regularly clean your evaporator coils. You can do this yourself with a brush and some cleaning solution, or you can hire a professional to do it for you.  

Blocked Airflow 

If your air conditioner seems to be running all the time, there’s a good chance that it’s not operating as efficiently as it could be. One of the most common causes of this problem is blocked airflow. When airflow is restricted, the air conditioner has to work harder to circulate cool air throughout the room or home.  

As a result, it uses more energy and runs for longer periods of time. In some cases, this can cause the air conditioner to overheat and break down. If you suspect that your air conditioner is not operating properly due to blocked airflow, check the air filters and vents to see if they need to be cleaned or replaced.  

You may also need to have a professional service technician take a look at the unit to diagnose the problem and recommend a solution. 

You Need to Replace Your Old AC 

An?air conditioner will not age with you. The average lifespan of an air conditioner that receives regular maintenance is 15 years. The next step is to install a new AC. 

Your AC?will usually need to work a little more as it ages in order to provide you with the same results. However, an air conditioner that is over ten years old, constantly runs, and requires maintenance just ends up costing you money.