Regular maintenance helps keep your central heating and air conditioning system efficient. For optimal performance, you should make sure that all components of the system are in good shape, including outdoor units. Keep in mind that dust and debris buildup on the compressor or condenser unit can lead to reduced efficiency and damage.
Here are tips to help protect your outdoor HVAC unit from damage.
Keep Your Unit Clean
Dust, grass and other debris can restrict airflow through your condenser and affect its cooling capabilities. Remove obstructions around your outdoor unit to improve its efficiency and performance. Promote good airflow and reduce wear and tear by getting rid of debris and trimming any weeds surrounding the unit.
Don’t Delay Repairs
If you think your HVAC system is experiencing issues, contact your technician immediately. Being proactive when it comes to air conditioning or heating repair can help prevent minor issues from becoming costly problems. By scheduling routine inspections and maintenance, you can keep track of your system’s condition and determine the best ways to care for it.
Place your outdoor unit where it isn’t constantly exposed to direct sunlight. Place it away from landscaping and other obstructions that can block airflow. Experts recommend allowing for at least two feet of clearance on every side of the unit and a minimum of five feet clearance overhead. This will allow your unit to release heat properly so you can stay comfortable indoors without worrying about increased energy bills.
Always Be Careful
Be mindful of your unit when mowing the lawn or tending to your landscaping. Cut the grass and blow debris away from your outdoor unit. Stones, branches and other foreign objects can damage coolant lines and coil fins. When something gets lodged in the unit, don’t attempt to remove the object yourself.For your safety, contact an HVAC professional.
At M&M, you can count on us for efficient heating and cooling solutions. We’re here to help with all your furnace and air conditioning needs. Call us at (209) 952-6580 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.