Living in Florida, your air conditioner is probably among the top 5 things you enjoy the most about your home. Even if you hadn’t thought about it before, you know it’s true.
So when the system is not working properly, it’s only a matter of time before you blow a proverbial fuse and start looking for solutions, ASAP.
Most people are aware that they have to change their air filters every now and then; but are you aware that size also matters? And when it comes to air conditioners, bigger isn’t always better. In fact, having a unit that’s too big for your home could end up causing you costly problems.
So if you’re new at this installing an air conditioner game, keep reading for signs that your AC may be too big for your home.
6 Signs of an Oversized Air AC Unit
1. Short AC Cycles
An air conditioner’s cycle is how long it takes from the moment it’s turned on until it matches your desired temperature on your thermostat. At that point, it shuts off.
When you have a megatron of a unit, your home will cool down really fast, causing the AC to shut off quickly. You would think this is a good thing, but it isn’t. What it does is create a lot of stress on your unit.
2. Your Home is Humid
Air conditioners work by absorbing hot air from your home. When this happens, condensation from the humidity drips from the AC coils into a drip pan. Once this pan is full of water, it is drained outside through condensate drain lines.
Now, if your AC is too big, it will cool down your home too quickly, and the cycle will shut off before the drip pan is full. So that water is just going to sit there, while the unit is done absorbing more hot air and moisture from your house. So yes, your place may feel cooler, but it also feels humid.
3. High Energy Bills
All of those short cycles we mentioned in point 1 on this list drive up your energy costs. If you’ve been getting higher power bills than usual and your home is not even comfortable to be in, your supersized AC unit may be to blame.
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4. Different Temperatures in Different Rooms Around the House
Since the oversized unit is constantly short-cycling, the rooms that are furthest away from the thermostat will start heating up at a faster rate than the interior rooms.
Related article: Why Is My Room so Hot Compared to the Rest of the House?
5. Poor Air Quality
Your AC system has vents that emit air and return vents that absorb air. Since an oversized air conditioner shuts off soon after being turned on, the air inside your home won’t circulate properly. This, in turn, can lead to the formation of mold. If you can see a lot of condensation on your windows, or mold growth, or there’s a slight smell of mildew in the air, it might mean that your home has an AC that’s too big.
6. AC is Too Loud
Yes, we are supposed to hear when the AC is on, but it’s designed to be white noise. If you often find yourself having to turn up your TV or having to speak louder so that your family members can hear you, it may be due to the fact that your oversized air conditioner is forcing more air than what your home’s ducts can handle.
Need to Replace an Oversized AC Unit? Contact Complete Air Mechanical
At Complete Air Mechanical, we have experienced HVAC professionals who can inspect your AC and install a unit that’s right for your home or business. We provide service in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties, and we offer financing options.