The outdoor AC unit/condenser is a vital part to any air conditioning system in your home. It is essential to keep it running properly and effectively so that you can stay comfortable.
One of the best ways customers can help keep the condenser running smoothly is by keeping the area around the condenser clear of any weeds, shrubbery, and other plants. These plants can overgrow around the unit, cutting off its air supply and can cause the unit to overheat. The more a unit may overheat, the shorter the lifespan of the air conditioner and there will be a decrease in efficiency in your air conditioner as well.
Not only can the plants themselves cover up the unit, but the more plants and bushes around the unit, the more dust, pollen, and leaves that may get packed on to the condensing unit coils. Once the coils are dirty with all of the plant debris, they are more likely to overheat and cause more wear and tear on the condenser.
How much space do we think should be left cleared around your A/C?
Two to 3 feet of open space around all sides of a condenser is ideal. Keep the unit clear and clean to keep yourself comfortable.