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 sky-high, even though you haven’t moved the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in ambient air to cool and expels warm air as it works. 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 likely will cost more to cool your Stuart home.
Breathe Healthier Air can help when your air AC isn’t working correctly. Or keeping your Stuart house cold 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 the back.
- 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 clear of grass clippings and leaves. Yard debris 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 hotter near the coil, your system may have an issue. Call us at 772-353-4633 for help or schedule an appointment online.
Related: How to Keep Your Air Conditioner from Failing
How Much Space Does a Heat Pump Need?
If you live in a temperate climate, you may have a heat pump rather than an air conditioner. This outdoor unit creates both heat and air conditioning for your space.
It needs open space year round, 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 some time to drain before switching your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Breathe Healthier Air
Overdue for regular air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 772-353-4633 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 locate small issues before they become pricier problems.