You probably don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working correctly. Or until your electric bills are suddenly sky-high, even though you haven’t touched the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in outdoor air to cool and expels warm air as it works. But it can quickly overheat if it can’t pull in enough surrounding air or flush out hot air.
An AC system that runs hot normally doesn’t last as long. And it doubtlessly will cost more to cool your Moline home.
Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help when your air AC isn’t running properly. Or keeping your Moline 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 back.
- 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 free of 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 warmer near the coil, your system may have something wrong with it. Call us at 309-323-9584 for help or schedule 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 instead of an air conditioner. This outdoor unit provides both heat and air conditioning for your space.
It needs open space at all times, 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, shut it off. Use warm water to melt snow and ice and give the water a little while to drain before putting your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning
Overdue for yearly air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 309-323-9584 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 pricier problems.