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Why AC Size Matters

air-conditioning-unitsAn air conditioner should fit your house like a good pair of jeans. Too small and they’re basically worthless. Too large and you’ve got a new set of problems as you buy a belt and cuff the bottoms. That’s why fitting rooms exist!

Is there a fitting room for your air conditioner? Unfortunately not, but thanks to some dedicated technicians on our team, there doesn’t have to be. It’s going to be hot next week, and if you suspect your AC might be the wrong size, maybe it’s time to nip this in the bud and contact us for air conditioning service in Pasadena, CA. Getting correct air conditioning maintenance is of primary concern when you’re dealing with an investment this large, because as the title of this post implies, a wrongly sized AC can have some huge problems for homeowners.

Still unconvinced? Well, let’s discuss the different problems that come with having an incorrectly sized air conditioner installed. If any of these apply to you, it’s a great idea to contact a technician to avoid the ensuing disaster.

How Did This Happen?

Did you have your air conditioner installed by a handyman or an unqualified technician? Or perhaps you tried to install it yourself? An incorrectly sized AC should be noticed and addressed right from the installation. A properly certified technician from a company like ours should stop this from happening in the future.

Too Big

If your air conditioner was installed too large for your home, it will produce too much output. Air conditioners function on a cycle system, and your thermostat will shut this cycle down early when it notices it’s getting too cold. This is called short cycling, since your air conditioner ends up functioning with short, frequent bursts. Short cycling causes the system to break down more often and will demand frequent repairs.

Too Small

An air conditioner that is too small to cool your home might have a set of different issues, although the outward effect may seem to be the same. In order to compensate for being unable to generate enough output to cool your home, the undersized system will run much longer than it was designed to do. Though this might sound like the opposite problem of an air conditioner that is too large, it will also begin to wear down the same way as an oversized air conditioner and suffer from more repairs.

Just Right!

An air conditioner that is sized accordingly will run complete cycles while cooling your house to the exact desired temperature to which the thermostat is set. Most air conditioners last anywhere from 10–15 years when fully maintained, so you won’t need to worry about wear and tear as you do with an incorrectly sized HVAC.

Don’t hesitate to get this problem checked out if you have a hunch your AC was improperly sized when installed. An incorrectly sized air conditioner could be incredibly expensive and intensive to fix.

Get your AC installed right the first time. Call Total Comfort, Inc. now for your HVAC needs.

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