You probably don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working suddenly. Or until your energy bills are suddenly climbing, even though you haven’t changed the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in the surrounding air to cool and expels warm air as it works. 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 usually won’t last as long. And it likely will cost more to cool your Kearney home.
Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can help when your air AC isn’t working correctly. Or keeping your Kearney 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 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 blockage, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit free of grass clippings and leaves. Yard scraps 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 hotter near the coil, your system may have a problem. Call us at 308-624-3485 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 mild climate, you may have a heat pump in place of an air conditioner. This outdoor unit creates both heat and air conditioning for your house.
It needs open space year round, especially if it snows. Clear away snow that builds up 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 some time to drain before switching your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning
Overdue for annual air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 308-624-3485 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 pinpoint small issues before they become expensive problems.