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Is My AC Properly Sized?

The answer to this question is complicated. If you had your air conditioner installed by a team of qualified professionals, like the ones at our company, then the answer is absolutely. Proper air conditioning sizing, or more commonly referred to as load calculation, is one of the most important aspects of having an AC installed. If an amateur or a team decides to go ahead with the installation and doesn’t size the system properly, there could be some huge repercussions.

So, let’s talk about what some of those repercussions are! If you’re dealing with an air conditioner that’s causing problems, and you think it’s because it’s not properly sized, then you might need AC replacement in Boerne, TX. Don’t worry, this might seem like an expensive fix, but it’s really for the long-term.

Replacements can often be the most cost-effective, long-term solutions to deal with a faulty or improper installation.

How Does Load Calculation Work?

When an air conditioner is sized for your home, the volume of air inside your house needs to be measured. No, we’re not just talking about the square footage of your home, we’re talking about the air volume, which means the air encompassed by your tall ceilings and various different areas of your home. There are precise measurements that need to be taken by high tech equipment only utilized by professionals, so purchasing an installation from an amateur is likely to lead to disaster.

What Can Go Wrong?

Well, think about the engine in a car. If it’s too big, the car will overheat and guzzle up all the gas. If it’s too small, you won’t be able to make it over the hill nearby. Your air conditioner is the same way, it needs to be able to adequately cool the air in your home at a reasonable price. Otherwise, you’re going to encounter some pretty serious problems that will lead to a fast replacement.

Too Large

Have you ever heard the term “short cycling?” This refers to when your air conditioner turns on for a brief few minutes and then off. It’s extremely damaging to your system and will cause an early replacement if it goes on for too long. This short cycling occurs because your air conditioner cools the space in your home too quickly. The system is too large and thus creates cold air too fast, causing stress to certain parts of your system while leaving other components practically untouched. This can be an expensive problem to run into, and we urge homeowners to invest in professional installation or replacement to avoid it at all costs!

Too Small

If your air conditioner is too small for your home, it’s just not going to be able to cool it reasonably. You might be able to tell that this is the case because your AC is on for such a long period of time but it never seems to get the job done. Or, perhaps it’s constantly overheating or tripping circuits because of how much energy it draws for a job that it’s not designed to do.

Need help with your struggling AC? Call D’Spain Sales & Service.

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