How Often Should My Air Conditioner Come On

Sporadic or irregular air conditioner starts and stops are frustrating to say the least. You may hear the system ready itself and turn on and get cool for a few minutes, only to hear it turn itself off before no real change in temperature has registered. Then, undoubtedly, it It may be annoying, but even worse it can lead to major problems with your cooling system as time passes. If your hvac systems com on irregularly it is time for a check by Vredevoogd of Grand Rapids. Here are some reasons why your hvac is not maintaining a properly functioning regularity.

Air Filter

The ever so important air filter gets neglected by many people. However, this should be one of your first go to diagnostic checks when you have a irregular hvac. Your a/c should be activated based on a preset temperature which is detected by your thermostat. Once that temperature is not maintained it will trigger the a.c to turn on. This will save energy and prevent your system from running all the time. Not to mention your preferred comfort settings will be maintained. However, when the air filter is filthy the air flow in the system is obstructed and cannot properly detect the temperature.


Your thermostat uses your home’s air temperature to regulate the on and off cycle. However, if the thermostat is picking up readings from other sources. Sources such as outside temperatures, kitchen or oven temperatures that affect the thermostat control.This outside force will create artificial reading for the thermostat. Check the position of your thermostat to ensure that it is not in a position where artificial readings are causing your hvac system to turn on and off sporadically.


If your a/c is low on freon the system simply cannot do its job. Freon takes heat from inside your home, cool it, and transport it out. At the same time, the refrigerant chills the coils and chills the air that is the blown throughout your home. If the refrigerant is low, the system will turn on and off intermittently. Please contact Vredevoogd Heating and Cooling to assist in locating any leaks you may have.


Size is everything in an air conditioning unit. Do not be oversized on extra large system that you may not need because it can cause you money in the long run. Oversized a/c cool your home so quickly that they do not have time to dehumidify your home.

Call Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling for all your plumbing, heating, & cooling needs. In the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lakeshore, and surrounding areas call: 844-HVAC-365