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Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog

Why Air Conditioner Size Matters

Air conditioners have a lot of different factors that determine how effective they are, size is one of them. If an air conditioner isn’t properly sized for the home in which it is installed, it will have a whole range of problems that could have otherwise been avoided. Let’s take a look at how much trouble an improperly sized air conditioner can cause, and why you need to consult with a professional before having a system installed.


An oversized air conditioner will produce too much output for the home in which it is installed. This will cause the thermostat to shut the system down before it’s had the chance to complete a full cycle. Air conditioners are designed to put out a certain amount of output over a certain period of time. Short cycling will make the system far less efficient, and place immense strain on the system. If the problem is not corrected, the strain will eventually cause the air conditioner to break down entirely. Before that, though, the individual parts of the system will break down far more often.


An undersized air conditioner will generate too little output for the home, which will force it to stay on for longer than it was designed to operate. This is the exact opposite problem that oversized systems have to deal with, but the outcome is the same. The strain on the system will cause it to wear out much faster than it normally does, resulting in a multitude of problems culminating in a complete system breakdown. If you want to get the most out of your air conditioner, you need to make sure that you talk to a professional about installing the properly sized unit.

Saddleback Plumbing offers comprehensive air conditioning installation services throughout Mission Viejo, CA. Call today for an appointment.

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