You probably 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 ambient air to cool and lets out warm air as it runs. But it can promptly overheat if it can’t pull in enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot generally won’t last as long. And it probably will cost more to cool your Ellsworth home.
Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC can help when your air AC isn’t functioning right. Or keeping your Ellsworth house cold enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how much room does your air conditioner really need?
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 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 interference, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit clear of grass clippings and leaves. Yard scraps can obstruct 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 higher near the coil, your system may have an issue. Call us at 715-318-6728 for a helping hand or request an appointment online.
Related: How to Keep Your Air Conditioner from Failing
How Much Space Does a Heat Pump Require?
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 house.
It needs open space all year, especially if it snows. Get rid of 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 some time to drain before switching your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC
Overdue for yearly air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 715-318-6728 today!
A routine AC tune-up means your air conditioner is likely more efficient—and less likely to overheat. And it also allows our skilled technicians to locate small issues before they become expensive problems.