You depend on an indoor and outdoor unit to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. While your indoor unit is easily protected in the comfort of your home, your outdoor unit doesn’t have the luxury of that protection. Properly maintaining your outdoor unit can increase its longevity, efficiency, and prevent needing to call for air conditioner repair. Here are four tips for protecting your outdoor unit.
One way to protect your outdoor unit is to build a structure such as a fence or shrubbery around it. Not only will this increase the curb appeal, but it will also help eliminate the noise you hear from the unit. A fence around your unit will protect it from damage and deterioration, but it’s important to put at least 3 feet on each side to ensure you’re not encroaching on the unit’s space. You will also want to make sure there is an easy access point for HVAC maintenance needs in case you need to call for minor air conditioner repair.
If you don’t plan to build a fence, then cleaning the area around your outdoor unit is really important. Your outdoor HVAC unit should have at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides of the unit to allow it to operate efficiently and pull air in as easily as possible. We recommend clearing out any debris in the vicinity of the outdoor unit, including branches and any dirt or grass clippings that have accumulated near the unit. This will help your unit more efficiently pull air into your home.
It’s important that you monitor your outdoor unit regularly to make sure that nothing has fallen in or around it. A good way to regularly check up on your unit is to plan to do so every time you mow your lawn. You’ll want to take extra caution when mowing around the unit anyways, so it’s the perfect time to double-check that everything looks right and there is no debris caught in it. If there is something lodged in your unit, proceed with caution and know that it’s always safer to call a professional if you think it may be a bigger issue than you can handle.
When was the last time your system was professionally serviced? If you can’t remember, or if it was longer than a year ago, it’s time to call for backup! Having your system serviced regularly will keep your system running as efficiently as possible and extend the overall lifespan of your air conditioner. Protect your investment and prevent future air conditioner repair – give the air conditioner installation and maintenance pros a call or contact us here to schedule your routine maintenance appointment.
These tips for protecting your outdoor unit will increase its longevity and efficiency while also protecting it from irreparable damage. If you have any questions about your current system or if you’d like to explore your options when it comes to upgrading, just give us a call!