When you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you may think that a larger unit will do a better job of cooling your home. You might have the mistaken impression that a big air conditioner is the best option for the hot summer months, when actually, this is far from the truth. Here W.E. Beavers Jr. Heating & Cooling, your trusted HVAC repair and installation company, discusses the risks that come with an air conditioner that’s too big for your home.
Frequent short cycling. If your air conditioner is efficient, its cycles should last seven to 10 minutes. Your unit has an issue if its cycles are longer or shorter. Longer cycles are rare, but short cycles are common due to units being installed that are too big. Short cycling isn’t a problem in itself, but it can harm your air conditioner, especially if it occurs frequently. It expedites the wear and tear of the equipment, necessitating costly repairs.
Inconsistent comfort. Your air conditioner has only one job: to keep your home at the appropriate temperature, as indicated on the thermostat. Unfortunately, an overly-powerful system will struggle to achieve this. You may notice that one room is usually too hot while the others are too cold or at the right temperature. In any case, if the temperature in your home is never comfortable or consistent, it’s likely that your air conditioner is too big for your house. To be certain, get in touch with a cooling services technician to assess the unit.
Excess humidity. When it comes to humidity, a large air conditioner won’t help you much. The system will only run for a few minutes at a time due to its size. While a few minutes may be sufficient to cool your rooms, it’s not enough time to provide dehumidification. If you’re in the market for a new AC unit, make sure to focus on efficiency rather than size.
Increase in electricity bills. Your budget for energy expenditures will suffer if your air conditioner is short cycling repeatedly. If you’ve noticed that your energy bills are rising significantly, the size of the unit could be to blame. To be sure, you need to have it inspected first to rule out potential issues.
What’s the Solution for an Oversized Air Conditioner?
An HVAC contractor should not only assess the square footage of your home’s overall space but also evaluate a wide range of elements, such as current ducting design and the local climate, to correctly match a home’s new HVAC system with its expected cooling demands. Contact a cooling and heating services professional to evaluate your air conditioner and perform a cooling load estimate if you believe your home’s heating and air system is too big and you would like an assessment. Only then will you be able to tell if your current air conditioner is too big.
You can trust the team at W.E. Beavers Jr. Heating & Cooling with all your heating and cooling needs. We offer emergency repair services, maintenance and new system installations. Call (703) 897-5505 or fill out our contact form today to get in touch with our team.