You most likely don’t think too much about your air conditioner until it’s not working correctly. Or until your energy bills are suddenly climbing, even though you haven’t changed the thermostat.
Your air conditioner draws in outdoor air to cool and lets out 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 generally can’t last as long. And it probably will cost more to cool your Central Point home.
Titan Heating & Air Conditioning can help when your air AC isn’t functioning correctly. Or keeping your Central Point house comfortable enough.
Space Guidelines for Air Conditioners
So how much room does your air conditioner really call for?
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 interference, like a deck or roof overhang.
While doing yardwork, keep your unit out of contact with grass clippings and leaves. Yard debris can clog your air conditioner and cause it to overheat.
Related: How to Clean Your Air Conditioner
How to Check 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 an issue. Call us at 541-286-6617 for help or make 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 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 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 a few minutes to drain before switching your system back on.
Related: Heat Pumps Year-Round Comfort
Schedule Annual Maintenance with Titan Heating & Air Conditioning
Overdue for regular air conditioner maintenance? Give us a call at 541-286-6617 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 locate small issues before they become pricier problems.