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Your Air Conditioner Needs Some Space!

Posted by Empire Blog at 11:44 am on August 20, 2012

Decatur, GA Air Conditioning Repair

On a recent service call in Decatur our service technician Keith Lumpkin noticed the unit next door and just had to take a picture of it. This unit is almost completely covered by ivy.

Rescricting the air flow around an air conditioner is costly

Give your air conditioner some space to breathe and save money on repair and utility bills.

Air conditioning works by moving heat from one place to another. Heat is picked up from the inside by moving air over the evaporator coils and discharged to the outside by moving air over the condenser coil. ANYTHING that gets in the way of all this air moving will cause problems with your system – reducing capacity, cutting the efficiency and, in more extreme cases, causing some every expensive damage.

For your air conditioner to work efficiently and dependably, the area around the outdoor condenser must be kept free and clear. Two or three feet of clear area is best. While we’re talking about the outdoor unit it’s also best to have the area above open. Many units are located under decks or other obstructions. If the hot air being discharged is being “recycled” back into the unit, it’s costing you extra bucks to run that unit!

Cooling System Maintenance Tip

So, if you’re AC system doesn’t seem to be working as well as it ought to, maybe all you need is garden clippers. If that doesn’t provide the results you’re looking for, give us a call. We’re here when you need us.