You more than likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working right. Or until your utility bills are suddenly climbing, even though you haven’t changed the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in ambient air to cool and lets out warm air as it function. But it can quickly overheat if it can’t get enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot usually doesn’t last as long. And it doubtlessly will cost more to cool your Tuscaloosa home.
KDM Service Corporation can help when your air AC isn’t working right. Or keeping your Tuscaloosa house cold enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how large of an area does your air conditioner really require?
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 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 waste can clog 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 higher near the coil, your system may have a problem. Call us at 205-208-8090 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 Require?
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 home.
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, turn 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 KDM Service Corporation
Overdue for yearly air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 205-208-8090 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 find small issues before they become costly problems.