How do I determine the size in tons of a Senville heat pump air conditioner from the model number?
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Look at the first two numbers after several letters at the beginning of the model number for a Senville heat pump air conditioner. 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 this unit is rated at 1 ton.
Here’s a rundown of the range you are likely to 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 Senville system, go to our blog post How do I determine the age of a Senville heat pump 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)?
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