You most likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working suddenly. Or until your energy bills are suddenly sky-high, even though you haven’t changed the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in outdoor air to cool and lets out warm air as it runs. But it can quickly overheat if it can’t get enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot normally can’t last as long. And it doubtlessly will cost more to cool your Plainfield home.
PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help when your air AC isn’t functioning right. Or keeping your Plainfield house cool enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how much space does your air conditioner really need?
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 interference, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit clear of grass clippings and leaves. Yard debris can congest your air conditioner and cause it to overheat.
Related: How to Clean Your Air Conditioner
How to See 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 815-410-1231 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 creates both heat and air conditioning for your space.
It needs open space all year, especially if it snows. Get rid of snow that builds up 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc
Overdue for annual air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 815-410-1231 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.