What is the difference between a ton and a BTU?

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A ton has nothing to do with weight in the air conditioning world. A ton of refrigeration is the amount of heat needed to melt a ton (2,000 lb) of ice at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. There are 12,000 BTUs to one ton. Most air conditioners are rated in tons or BTU, so a 4-ton unit is 48,000 BTUs.

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