When was the last time you went outside and took a look at your condenser? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably not something you do often. However, it’s worth taking a minute to head to the backyard and see if your air conditioner is level.
Why it’s Important to Have a Level Air Conditioner
The internal mechanics of a condenser are actually very delicate and are configured to work best when completely level, which is why AC manufacturers mandate systems have to be installed on a level surface. If the air conditioner was improperly installed or the foundation has shifted, you could experience a number of problems.
The biggest concern with an uneven condenser is that lubricating oil and refrigerant will not properly flow through the system. This can cause issues with performance and could eventually lead to a breakdown. Another concern is the vibrations created when a unit is in operation. Since the internal mechanics are fragile, vibrations can cause premature wear and tear or even cause some components to become dislodged.
How to Protect Your Air Conditioner
The best way to keep your air conditioner level is by ensuring it was properly installed. A reputable cooling company will take the necessary time to prep the ground to ensure the condenser is sitting level. Having regular maintenance also provides an opportunity for a technician to inspect your AC system and notice any issues with the AC’s foundation and correct the problem.
If you notice that your air conditioner is not level, it’s best to call for professional service and not try to fix it yourself. Moving or jolting the unit can actually cause a significant amount of internal damage and create kinks in the tubing which will affect operation.
If you have any concerns about your air conditioner, don’t hesitate to contact Team Harding. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and to schedule AC service if needed.
Harding Heating & Air Conditioning has been Ottawa’s leading home comfort specialists for over 20 years. We’re proud to offer the highest quality air conditioner installation and service with an expert team of fully licensed installers and technicians.