You most likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working suddenly. Or until your electric bills are suddenly skyrocketing, 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 promptly overheat if it can’t get enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot generally doesn’t last as long. And it likely will cost more to cool your Auburn home.
Forster Heating can help when your air AC isn’t running correctly. Or keeping your Auburn house cool enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how much space does your air conditioner really require?
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 blockage, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit out of contact with grass clippings and leaves. Yard debris can obstruct 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 something wrong with it. Call us at 530-885-8081 for assistance or request 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 provides both heat and air conditioning for your space.
It needs open space year round, especially if it snows. Clear away snow that gathers 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 putting your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Forster Heating
Overdue for regular air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 530-885-8081 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 locate small issues before they become costly problems.