How To Keep Your AC Condenser In Good Shape

Your air conditioner's condenser is pretty tough. It has to be when it's sitting out in the elements without shelter for years. However, that doesn't mean you can ignore it. Here's what you need to do to keep your air conditioner's condenser in good shape.

Keep it Clean

An air conditioner's high-speed fan can destroy pretty much anything it comes in contact with, but you shouldn't rely on it alone to keep your condenser clean. Dirt, leaves, and other yard debris can clog up your condenser's mechanical parts and reduce its efficiency or break it.

When winter ends, turn your air conditioner off at the thermostat and cut its power at the circuit breaker for added safety. Then go outside, remove the condenser's cover, and pull out any leftover fall leaves or other junk. Using a cover during the winter can reduce your work.

When you mow your grass during the summer, make sure the clippings are blown away from the condenser, and hose it down when you're done.

Teach Your Dog Where to Go

Your dog should not be using the condenser as a replacement fire hydrant. The acid in a dog's urine can seep into the mechanical components and cause damage to the electronics or wiring.

Train your dog to use nearby trees or bushes instead. You can also add prickly plants or rocks around the condenser to keep your dog from approaching it.

Give Your Condenser Breathing Room

Any trees or plants around your condenser should be no less than 18 inches away on all sides and from above. This does three things.

First, it gives your condenser room for the fan to create a good air flow. Second, it lessens the chance that falling leaves from the plants will clog up the condenser. Finally, it gives your air conditioning repair man room to work during preventive maintenance visits.

Don't Take Away Its Shade

Even though you want space around your condenser, it still helps to lower your energy bills if you can give it shade. It can only cool so many degrees below the ambient outside temperature.

If it's baking in the heat on a slab of concrete, it won't cool as efficiently as if it was sitting in the relatively cool shade.

To learn more about air conditioner condenser maintenance or to get more air conditioning advice, contact a local air conditioning company like Phil's Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.