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What size in tons is my Coleman or Coleman-Evcon heat pump or air conditioner?
Monday, May 18, 2020
You can determine the size in tons of your Coleman or Coleman-Evcon HVAC system by examining the model number on the data plate at the side of the condenser (outdoor unit). Look for two numbers in the model number that are divisible by 6 or 12, which represent the nominal BTU of the system in thousands. A ton of air conditioning equals 12,000 BTU so, for the model number HP030Z12210, 30 divided by 12 equals 2.5 tons. Another example is 6924A901, which is 2 tons. And the example shown below is 3 tons.
Here’s a rundown of the range you will encounter: 18 = 1.5 tons, 24 = 2 tons, 30 - 2.5 tons, 36 = 3 tons, 42 = 3.5 tons, 48 = 4 tons, and 60 = 5 tons.
If you are unsure whether you have found the right two numbers, you can double-check it by looking for the “RLA” rating on the data plate. RLA is an acronym for Rated Load Amperage, and is what the maximum amperage should be when the condenser up and running. If you divide the RLA by 6 for older units and 5 or 6 for newer units, you should get a number that approximates (not exactly) the tonnage of the system. Make sure you use RLA and not LRA, Locked Rotor Amperage, which is the surge of amps necessary to overcome inertia and start the system. It averages around five times the RLA.
To determine the age of a Coleman or Coleman-Evcon system, go to our blog post How can I tell the age of a Coleman or Coleman-Evcon air conditioner or furnace from the serial number? For the age of another brand or manufacturer, go to our blog post How do I determine the age of my air conditioner?
And to figure out what all the other numbers listed on the condenser data plate mean, go to our blog post How do I understand the air conditioner or heat pump condenser label (data plate)?
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