Problems Caused by an Oversized Air Conditioner

People often say that bigger is better. However, when it comes to air conditioners, bigger can be a problem. If you’ve got an oversized AC in your home or are thinking of buying one, then you’re bound to face a variety of problems, a few of which are listed below.

High Energy Bills

Your energy bills will be noticeably higher with an oversized AC, principally because an oversized AC cools very rapidly then shuts off. After it shuts off, your house will heat up once again, and the cycle will continue. This stop-start pattern is very inefficient and is like driving in heavy traffic, which burns more energy than driving long distances without frequent stops.

High Humidity

Your AC needs to be running in order to remove humidity from the air. If it’s constantly shutting down due to cooling too rapidly, then the unit won’t ever have enough time to deal with the humidity, which requires cycles of at least 20-30 minutes. Over time, this failure to remove the humidity from your home can result in the appearance of mold.

Shortened Lifespan

The frequent stop-starts are hard on your air conditioner, especially the compressor. Like most motors and engines, your compressor works best when allowed to run for long cycles without multiple starts and stops, which will quickly wear it out and lead to AC failure.

The bottom line is bigger isn’t always better when it comes to air conditioners. Now, if you’ve got an AC that’s too small, then bigger certainly will be better but only to a certain point.

At McFarland Indoor Comfort Services, we are a full-service HVAC company in Granite City, IL, that knows how to choose the right AC for your home. Our technicians have years of experiencing installing, maintaining, repairing, and replacing air conditioners for thousands of satisfied customers. We also provide a variety of other services, including furnace and heat pump installations and maintenance as well as the installation of indoor air quality products. Contact McFarland Indoor Comfort Services for more information.

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