You most likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working correctly. Or until your utility bills are suddenly climbing, even though you haven’t moved the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in the surrounding air to cool and lets out warm air as it works. But it can easily overheat if it can’t get enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot generally can’t last as long. And it doubtlessly will cost more to cool your Odessa home.
Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help when your air AC isn’t running properly. Or keeping your Odessa house cold enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how large of an area 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 obstructions, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit free 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 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 an issue. Call us at 432-237-0168 for assistance or make an appointment online.
Related: How to Keep Your Air Conditioner from Failing
How Much Space Does a Heat Pump Need?
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 gathers 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning
Overdue for annual air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 432-237-0168 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 expensive problems.