You more than likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working suddenly. Or until your utility bills are suddenly sky-high, even though you haven’t moved the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in ambient air to cool and lets out warm air as it runs. But it can quickly overheat if it can’t draw in enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot usually won’t last as long. And it likely will cost more to cool your Auburn and Opelika home.
Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help when your air AC isn’t functioning properly. Or keeping your Auburn and Opelika house comfortable enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how large of an area does your air conditioner really call for?
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 interference, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit free 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 Check 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 warmer near the coil, your system may have an issue. Call us at 334-524-2458 for a helping hand or schedule 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 rather than an air conditioner. This outdoor unit provides both heat and air conditioning for your space.
It needs open space year round, especially if it snows. Clear away snow that gathers 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 few minutes to drain before switching your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Farnell Mechanical, Inc.
Overdue for yearly air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 334-524-2458 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 pricier problems.