Does it really matter if my evaporator and condenser coils are bigger or smaller than the other? Does it really matter if their sizes simply do not match? The answer is quite plain, yes, it matters a great deal. If, in fact, your coils do not match there are a number of issues that can occur. For starters, you will see much higher monthly energy costs. In addition, you will experience a reduced lifespan of your HVAC unit, decreased overall comfort in your home, and you will fall victim to warranty violations as well.
With that said, the folks here at M&A HVAC Services, LLC want to take a closer look at some of the problems mismatched coils can actually cause. In order to understand these issues, we first want to offer you a brief explanation on how your evaporator and condenser coils actually work together in their combined efforts to cool down your home and keep your family comfortable.
- The first important fact is that your evaporator coils are located inside of your air conditioner’s indoor unit.
- The condenser coils are located in the outdoor cooling unit.
- These coils are designed to work in tandem so as to remove excessive heat and moisture from your home.
- The evaporator coils absorb the heat located in the inside of your home
- The heat then travels through refrigerant lines until it finds its way to the condenser coils
- Finally, the condenser coils then transfer the heat into the air outside your home.
Further to this explanation, in an ideal HVAC unit the two sets of coils are designed to match one another. The evaporator coil should be ideally sized to soak up the same amount of heat that the condenser coils are able to dump into the air outdoors. This occurs during one cooling cycle.
Now that you have a better understanding of evaporator and condenser coils lets take a moment now to review some of the problems that occur when these coils do not match in size.
Higher energy bills and costs – When these coils are mismatched in size, those coils that are smaller will not be able to keep up with the overall capacity of the coils that are larger in size. This forces the whole system to have to run for longer periods of time. The longer your HVAC system runs, the more energy you are using and wasting.
A Reduced system lifespan – When your coils are not matched properly, both the efficiency of the coils and the longevity of your cooling system are outwardly compromised. Mismatched coils typically put a great deal of stress on your cooling system which causes them to work harder to keep in sync with one another. This will eventually lead to some pretty costly repairs and may even result in a whole system failure.
Minimized Comfort in your home – If your evaporator and condenser coils do not match in sizes, it may contribute to higher humidity levels and even higher temperatures in your living space which will greatly decrease the comfort levels in your home.
Warranty Violations – The majority, if not all system warranties clearly state that whenever you have a need to replace an evaporator or a condenser coil that you must purchase the same size for replacement. If you choose to purchase a size that does not match, you will void any remaining time that you have left on your warranty since doing so can result in expensive repairs or even a system failure.
Summer is here, so if you think you may have issues with your evaporator and condenser coils then surely we are the team for you. Give a shout out to our staff today and schedule your system inspection and assessment. During our inspection, we will determine if the coils are mismatched in either size or SEER and provide you with effective solutions to your problems. The summer heat has begun, so don’t get stuck without an air conditioning system during the sweltering summer months. Don’t delay. Contact our team today to ensure the comfort of your home and family each day, every day!!