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Is Your AC Too Large or Too Small?

The size of an air conditioner is an important thing to consider. Too often we find homeowners asking for the “largest AC they can afford,” thinking that this will actually make them feel more comfortable or lead to better energy efficiency. But that’s far from the truth.

Your air conditioner needs to be specifically sized for your home. It’s one of the main problems with amateur AC installation because oftentimes amateurs don’t have the proper training or technology to accurately measure the air volume of your home. Then, when your air conditioner that’s too small or too large starts faltering, it can feel like a big slap in the face.

If you’re in a situation where your anxiety is driving you to furiously search online for a solution, then don’t worry. Our team specializes in this kind of work, and we provide air conditioning replacement in Pine Bluff, AR at an affordable rate!

An Air Conditioner That’s Too Small

If your air conditioning system is sized incorrectly, it could be too small for your home. Just like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this just won’t do. An air conditioner that’s too small for a home will run into numerous problems.

First, if your AC is too small, it’s not going to be able to properly cool your home without getting overheated or running inefficiently. Every air conditioning unit is designed to efficiently cool a specific amount of air volume, and if that volume is larger than what your system is capable of doing, it’s going to severely struggle.

You might feel that your home is just too hot when it should be cooler, or that your air conditioner keeps abruptly shutting down because it’s overheating. This is a typical occurrence when homeowners include additions to their house but they don’t upgrade their air conditioners for the new amount of air volume.

An AC That’s Too Big

You might think that an air conditioner that’s too big is a good solution to this problem, but it’s not! Air conditioners that are too large for the space they’re cooling are victims of a problem known as short cycling.

Short cycling is a unique problem where an air conditioner runs for short, frequent cycles and then abruptly turns off. An extra-large air conditioner will run into this problem because it cools the air in your home too quickly and doesn’t complete a full cycle. Then, it shuts down and has to restart just as soon as the temperature starts to rise again. This issue causes the internal components to suffer more stress, and it heavily wears down one end of the system while leaving the other end barely touched.

If your AC is too large for your home, you could see an early replacement.

An AC That’s Just Right

Air conditioners need to be measured appropriately for the air in your home. If done properly, your air conditioner should be able to easily cool the air in your home while running efficiently and without any major concerns.

Are you concerned that your AC might be sized incorrectly? Call Nicholson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. for help. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal!

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