You most likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working right. Or until your energy bills are suddenly sky-high, even though you haven’t touched the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in the surrounding air to cool and forces out warm air as it function. But it can quickly overheat if it can’t get enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot generally won’t last as long. And it doubtlessly will cost more to cool your Laurel home.
H&C Heating and Cooling can help when your air AC isn’t running properly. Or keeping your Laurel house cold enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how large of an area does your air conditioner really require?
Here’s what we recommend:
- 1-foot minimum on all sides, including behind the unit.
- 1.5-foot minimum for the sides and an alcove or adjacent wall.
- 2 feet between the sides of the unit and tight shrubs or solid fences.
- 6 inches between the sides and leafy plants, with a few extra inches left for growth.
- 8 feet between the top and blockage, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit clear of grass clippings and leaves. Yard waste can congest your air conditioner and cause it to overheat.
Related: How to Clean Your Air Conditioner
How to Find Out if Your Air Conditioner is Overheating
- Turn the air conditioner on.
- Check the temperature a few inches from the coil. This is the metallic grate that surrounds your unit.
- Measure the temperature 10 feet away.
If the temperatures are the same, your system is working properly.
If the temperature is higher near the coil, your system may have a problem. Call us at 301-960-3247 for assistance or make an appointment online.
Related: How to Keep Your Air Conditioner from Failing
How Much Space Does a Heat Pump Have to Have?
If you live in a moderate climate, you may have a heat pump instead of an air conditioner. This outdoor unit provides both heat and air conditioning for your house.
It needs open space year round, especially if it snows. Clear away snow that builds up on the top and near the sides of the unit.
If your heat pump fills with wintry precipitation, turn it off. Use warm water to melt snow and ice and give the water a little while to drain before putting your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with H&C Heating and Cooling
Overdue for annual air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 301-960-3247 today!
A routine AC tune-up means your air conditioner is likely more efficient—and less likely to overheat. And it also lets our skilled technicians to pinpoint small issues before they become expensive problems.