Problem: Air conditioner or heat pump cycling off and on too much
Solution: Air conditioners and heat pumps that cycle off and on too much are caused by having a unit that is too big for your home. In the summer time you want a unit that runs a long time so it will remove the humidity from your home. An over-sized unit will cycle off and on too much and not remove humidity as well. I would suggest having a licensed contractor install your air conditioning and heat pump system and make sure that contractor has completed a heat gain and heat loss load calculation on your home to make sure you are getting the right sized system. I also see air conditioners and heat pumps cycle too much when you purchase some thermostats that do not have a long enough temperature swing. Many of the high tech thermostats cycle off with one degree temperature swing. Most of these thermostats can be adjusted to have longer temperature swings so you do not get the constant cutting off and on all the time. We sell a delay on make timer below that will help protect your air conditioner or heat pump from cycling too much. If you have any other questions please feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prevent Your Air Conditioner or Heat Pump from Cycling Off and On too much with a
Delay On Make Timer. Beacon Model TDOM:
This Beacon Delay on make timer replaces the following timers: ICM102B, EAC700, EAC701, TD69, 3310-06, 3239, 32367, IC-310, IC-213, & AC-800.
You might consider purchasing and installing the following device if:
1. You have to reset your air conditioning circuit breaker often.
2. If you have electrical storms where the power is going off and on. I have many calls after electrical storms. Please always turn your air
conditioner off during a storm.
3. If the power goes off and on often in your home. If the power goes off and on often in your home then this can ruin a compressor. When your air conditioner is turned off you should wait at least 3 to 5 minutes before you turn it back on. If you do not wait the 3 to 5 minutes then this causes a tremendous strain on the compressor motor because the motor is trying to start without the pressures being equalized. Please give your compressor and air conditioning system time for the pressures to equalize before starting your air conditioner again.
4. If you have children living in your home, renters, or other people who do not understand that you should wait 3 to 5 minutes before cycling and air conditioner off and on.
Solution: Purchase a delay on make timer pictured below. You can set this timer to the length of time you want to wait for the air conditioner to come back on from .03 of a second to 10 minutes. What this timer does is delay the amount of time you want your air conditioner to come on when low voltage power is applied to the timer. This low voltage timer is simple to install. *Some of the new thermostats have this delay feature built into them. If you have a thermostat that has this delay feature, then you do not need to purchase the Delay On Make Timer pictured below. If you want to protect your air conditioning system from short cycling and possible compressor damage, then the Delay on Make timer is for you! Please remember to turn off all power when working on air conditioning equipment.