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## What size in tons is my Sanyo heat pump?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

You can determine the size in tons of your Sanyo HVAC system by examining the model number on the data sticker at the side of the condenser (outdoor unit). Look at the first two numbers after several letters at the beginning of the model number. It will be a number divisible by 6 or 12, and represents the nominal BTU of the system in thousands. A ton of air conditioning equals 12,000 BTU so, for the model number KHS1853, 18 divided by 12 equals 1.5 tons. Another example is KMS0912, which 3/4 ton, which is a small size that doesn’t fit the format exactly.

Here’s a rundown of the range you will encounter: 09 = 3/4 ton, 12 = 1 ton, 18 = 1.5 tons, 24 = 2 tons, 30 - 2.5 tons, 36 = 3 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 Sanyo system, go to our blog post How can I tell the age of a Sanyo heat pump or air conditioner 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)?

To learn more about heating and air conditioning systems, see these other blog posts:

How can I find out the SEER of my air conditioner?

My air conditioner won't turn on. What's wrong?

How can I find out the size of my air conditioner?

How can I find out the age of my air conditioner or furnace?

How can I tell whether the condenser (outdoor unit) is an air conditioner or heat pump?

Where is the air filter for my central air conditioner and furnace? I can’t find it?

Does an old air conditioner use more electricity as it ages?

How did homes stay cool in Florida before air conditioning?

What is wrong with an air conditioner when the air flow out of the vents is low?

Why has the thermostat screen gone blank?

Why does it take so long to cool a house when an air conditioner has been off for a while?

Why is my air conditioner not cooling enough?

What are the most common problems with wall/window air conditioners?

Visit our HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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