2 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Location For Your Home's New Central AC System's Outside Unit


Whether your home's central air conditioner has failed and needs to be replaced or you are installing an entirely new system in your house, one of the decisions that you will need to make before the installers arrive is where to put the outside unit. While it may seem like an easy decision, you cannot simply put it where it would be convenient for you or where it will be out of sight.

When trying to decide where to put the unit, you need to make sure that the conditions are right to keep it in good condition and prevent it from overworking. While trying to make your decision, make sure you do not make one of the mistakes discussed below when choosing a location for your home's new central air conditioning system's outside unit.

1. Placing in an Area Too Close to the House Where Water Constantly Runs off the Roof

One mistake that you should avoid making when picking out a spot for your home's new AC system is placing it too close to the house. This is especially true if the spot has constant water runoff from the roof when it rains or snow melts.

If water is constantly running down onto the unit, the excess, direct moisture could cause rapid deterioration of its internal components, such as the condenser fins and coils or the compressor. Instead, select a spot that is away from the house where there is no danger of water running off and onto the unit.

2. Putting the Outside Unit on a Side of the House Where It Will Be Subjected to Constant Sunlight

Another mistake you should avoid is putting the air conditioning unit on a side of the house where it will be subjected to constant sunlight. While some sun during the day may be unavoidable, you do not want the unit where it is subjected to constant sunlight and heat.

While the unit's condenser is designed to pull heat out of the air to cool it, too much heat will put a strain on the system and make it work harder. This can result in your unit having a shorter lifespan. Instead, try to put the unit on the side of the house that has shade most of the day.

When deciding on a location for your home's new air conditioning unit before it is installed, make sure that you do not put it too close to the house in an area that will subject it to constant water runoff from the roof. It should also be placed on the shady side of the house to keep it from having to overwork from the heat of constant sunlight.

Speak with an HVAC contractor who offers AC installation services to learn more.


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