Proudly serving Columbus, Ohio since 1983
Proudly serving Columbus, Ohio since 1983

One of the most common mistakes that we see homeowners make is that when they need a new air conditioning system, they just go out and buy the biggest one that they can afford. While it might seem like a bigger AC system would be able to keep your home more comfortable, the opposite is usually the case. We wanted to put together a quick explanation of issues can arise from an over-sized air conditioner.  Give us a call here at Quality Air Heating and Air Conditioning if you need any air conditioning installation in Columbus, and we’ll be able to help you get efficient and comfortable cooling in your home.

So how can you tell if the air conditioning system in your home is too big? Here are a few of the signs.

  • Short cycling – Probably the most obvious sign that your AC is too large is if it is short cycling. This happens when your AC turns on, cools your home, shuts off and then a short time later turns back on again to start cooling your home again. This happens because the air conditioning system cools your home too quickly, and it doesn’t run long enough to ensure proper dehumidification or even cooling. Not only will your home be less comfortable, but you will have extra wear and tear on your AC system.
  • Hot and cold spots – Another indication that your AC is too big is if your home has hot and cold spots throughout. This occurs because your air conditioner will be able to quickly cool the areas that are closest to it or that have the shortest length of ductwork from the air handler. This will cause some areas of your hose to get cool while others don’t get much cooling at all.
  • Inefficient operation – If you notice that your air conditioning bills are high, it might be that your AC is too large for your home. Starting and stopping is very difficult for your AC, using more energy than running constantly for longer periods of time.
  • Frequent repair – The constant stopping and starting that your AC has to do can put a huge strain on your equipment. This can sometimes lead to the development of more frequent repair. If you start to notice that you’re having to call for air conditioning repair more often, it might be that your AC is just too big for your home.

Call the experts at Quality Air Heating and Air Conditioning if you need any kind of air conditioning installation in Columbus. We can perform a load calculation to ensure you get the right capacity AC for your home.