How to Care for an HVAC Outside Unit in the Summer

June 24, 2021

Your outdoor unit releases the heat that the refrigerant absorbs from your home's air to the air outside. If the unit becomes clogged and airflow is restricted, it will take longer to release the heat, resulting in wasted energy. Here are some valuable tips to help you take proper care of your HVAC outside unit.

Clear the Surrounding Area

Your HVAC outside unit requires adequate clearance for air to flow freely through it. Remove any debris around your outside AC unit. Rake back leaves, grass clippings, and any other debris surrounding the unit. Check the unit periodically and remove any debris buildup.

Cut back plants and branches 2 or more feet in every direction to allow for adequate airflow around your unit. Get rid of dead branches to prevent falling limbs from damaging the unit. Plants grow, so you should inspect your unit regularly and maintain a clearance of at least 2 feet.

If you install a fence around your unit, leave a 2-foot clearance to allow technicians to access the unit for repairs and service.

Check Your Gutters

Your outdoor HVAC outside unit can suffer damage if your gutters empty onto it. Be sure to check the gutters and maintain them to prevent water leaks into the outdoor unit.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Your outside unit collects dirt and debris over time, which affects its efficiency. To keep the unit clean and efficient, call for professional maintenance. During a maintenance visit, an HVAC professional will inspect and safely clean the inner parts of your unit. If you don't want to forget to schedule annual AC maintenance, you can sign up for a service agreement with a trusted HVAC company.

Caring for your HVAC outside unit will improve the overall functioning of your cooling system, improving your in-home comfort and energy efficiency. If you need AC maintenance or repair in either Monmouth County or Ocean County, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We've served the heating and cooling needs of our satisfied clients since 1948.