You probably don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working right. Or until your utility bills are suddenly skyrocketing, even though you haven’t touched the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in ambient air to cool and forces out warm air as it function. 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 can’t last as long. And it likely will cost more to cool your Arlington home.
Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning can help when your air AC isn’t functioning right. Or keeping your Arlington 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 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 thick 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 congest 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 a problem. Call us at 360-255-5857 for assistance or make 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 house.
It needs open space year round, especially if it snows. Remove 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 a few minutes to drain before turning your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning
Overdue for yearly air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 360-255-5857 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 costly problems.