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Too Small or Too Large? Common AC Issues

An air conditioner doesn’t really change throughout the course of its lifespan. It can get maintained or improved on when a professional takes a look at it. But it’s generally going to be the same air conditioning system that you purchased years ago, even when it’s ready for replacement.

However, your home or family might go through many changes in that timeframe, to the point where your AC could be too small–or too large.

An improperly sized AC is a real problem and one that can catch customers by surprise. It’s not easily fixed like other issues through typical air conditioning services in Westborough, MA. This might require replacement or an out-of-the-box solution to get the job done without breaking the bank.

Let’s cover one of the most insidious AC problems you can encounter: an air conditioner that’s too small or too large.

Too Small

Perhaps at one point, your air conditioner was the perfect size for your home, but over time it has stayed the same while you made additions to your house. Perhaps you added a new story, you walled in that porch, or you even turned that garage into a fully functional man cave or she shed. This is all great news, but it means that your air conditioner is definitely underpowered for the job.

There’s not much we can do when you call us for repairs to address this issue. What we can do is replace the system with one that’s large enough to get the job done both effectively and efficiently. With larger components, larger ducts, and access to more electricity, a larger system will be better equipped to handle this new AC load.

Too Big

What if you invested in a system that was too large for your home? Perhaps you were trying to think ahead, or got a great deal on a system that was a little bit larger but still powerful. This isn’t as good of a situation as you might think it is.

An AC that’s too large is going to “short cycle,” meaning it reaches the desired temperature threshold early and shuts down abruptly. This puts strain on the system and causes it to run inefficiently, allowing your energy bills to go up.

Take it from us: a system that’s too large is not worth the investment. Eventually, it will run its course a lot earlier than a system that’s perfectly sized for the space it’s in. Think about working with a professional to get your system replaced by one that’s accurately sized and works as efficiently as possible.

Other Issues

So you double-checked and it turns out that your AC is perfectly sized for your home. Congratulations! But that doesn’t address the elephant in the room, which is your uncomfortable home and struggling system.

The culprit could be something else such as a broken component or a refrigerant leak. For this kind of situation, schedule a diagnosis with our team to get the problem located and fixed as soon as possible.

Contact Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric. We take comfort in YOUR comfort.

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