Simply put, if your evaporator coils and condenser coils do not match, it is definitely a bad thing. Whether one is bigger or smaller than the other, the problems can be many. From reduced life expectancy of your Air conditioning system, higher energy and utility costs to warranty violations and certainly minimized comfort in your home, the problems you will be face with make their presence known should the size of your coils not be the same.
What are Evaporator and Condenser Coils and how do they Work Together?
Evaporator and condenser coils work in unison to remove both moisture and heat from your house. With the evaporator coils located inside of your air conditioning indoor unit and the condenser coils located in the compressor unit outdoors, the role each plays is significant to the functionality, effectiveness and efficiency of your air conditioning system.
The evaporator coils inside the house serve to absorb the heat from your indoor air passing it through refrigerant lines to the outdoor condenser coils. The condenser coils then take the heat transmitted and release it into the outdoor air. In order to work efficiently and properly, these two sets of coils need to be matched in capacity. This appropriate matching allows the evaporator coils to only absorb as much indoor heat as the outdoor condenser coils are equipped to release.
Let’s take a look now at the four primary problems you will be faced with should your condenser and evaporator coils be mismatched in sizes.
A Reduced Life Expectancy of your AC System
When evaporator and condenser coils do not match in size, the coils that are actually smaller in size are unable to keep up with the functionality of the larger sized coils. When this happens your AC system is forced to work much harder and longer in order to keep your home at the temperature set in the house. The harder and longer your AC system has to work the more energy it uses up and the more lifespan is diminished. Mismatched coils actually put so much more stress on your system since the smaller set has to work so hard to keep up with the larger set of coils. When this scenario is present, you can be certain you will be faced with costly repairs and potentially an AC system failure over time.
Interrupted Comfort in Your Home
With mismatched coils, your AC system has to work a good deal harder and longer in order to meet and maintain the temperature your thermostat is set at. For instance, if your evaporator coils are smaller than your condenser coils, they can effectively remove the moisture from your home’s atmosphere, but will be unable to cool your home to your desired temperature setting. The reverse of that would be larger evaporator coils that can cool your home but not be able to remove the moisture from the air. The ultimate result – levels of discomfort for your home and family.
Higher Energy Costs and Utility Bills
It goes without saying that when your AC system is not working properly and certainly when it has to work longer and harder, then inevitably your utility bills and energy costs will be increased. When evaporator and condenser coils are matched appropriately in sizes your AC system is able to work much more efficiently, thereby reducing energy costs and utility bills month after month.
Violation of Warranties
Air conditioning systems come equipped with system warranties. However, if you replace either your evaporator or condenser coils and you do not purchase matching sizes, the manufacture will no longer honor your system warranty. In order to maintain the value of your warranty it is imperative that evaporator and condenser coils when replaced are the exact same size.
If you are uncertain as to whether or not your coils are mismatched, or if you are in need of replacement evaporator or condenser coils, then surely we can help. The folks here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling are the perfect team for you. Simply give a call out to our experts and schedule an inspection or your system coils and a complete AC system check as well. We look forward to serving you!