You more than likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working correctly. Or until your electric bills are suddenly skyrocketing, even though you haven’t changed the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in outdoor air to cool and expels warm air as it function. But it can easily overheat if it can’t get enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot usually won’t last as long. And it doubtlessly will cost more to cool your Monroe home.
Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can help when your air AC isn’t running right. Or keeping your Monroe house cool enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how much space does your air conditioner really call for?
Here’s what we recommend:
- 1-foot minimum on all sides, including the rear.
- 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 obstructions, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit free of grass clippings and leaves. Yard scraps can clog 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 warmer near the coil, your system may have a problem. Call us at 608-291-3606 for help 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 mild climate, you may have a heat pump in place of an air conditioner. This outdoor unit gives both heat and air conditioning for your home.
It needs open space at all times, 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, switch it off. Use warm water to melt snow and ice and give the water a little while to drain before turning your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Lanz Furnace and Fireplace
Overdue for regular air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 608-291-3606 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 find small issues before they become pricier problems.