You more than likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working correctly. Or until your energy bills are suddenly skyrocketing, even though you haven’t changed the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in outdoor air to cool and forces out warm air as it works. But it can promptly overheat if it can’t draw in enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot normally won’t last as long. And it likely will cost more to cool your McMurray home.
Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help when your air AC isn’t running right. Or keeping your McMurray house cool enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how much space does your air conditioner really require?
Here’s what we recommend:
- 1-foot minimum on all sides, including the back.
- 1.5-foot minimum for the sides and an alcove or adjacent wall.
- 2 feet between the sides of the unit and dense 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 out of contact with 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 hotter near the coil, your system may have a problem. Call us at 724-370-0141 for help or request 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 mild climate, you may have a heat pump instead of an air conditioner. This outdoor unit gives both heat and air conditioning for your house.
It needs open space all year, especially if it snows. Remove snow that accumulates on the top and near the sides of the unit.
If your heat pump fills with wintry precipitation, shut it off. Use warm water to melt snow and ice and give the water a few minutes to drain before putting your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing
Overdue for regular air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 724-370-0141 today!
A routine AC tune-up means your air conditioner is likely more efficient—and less likely to overheat. And it also helps our skilled technicians to pinpoint small issues before they become expensive problems.