Whether you’re getting a new air conditioner or looking to maximize your current one, getting it level is key.
Air conditioners are typically placed on concrete pads. Over time, the pad can crack, shift or sink. This can result in breakdowns and even premature replacement. Let’s review some of the issues that can happen and how to repair an air conditioner that isn’t level.
1. Damaged Compressor
Your air conditioner’s compressor is a critical component. As its name implies, it compresses liquid refrigerant that has turned into gas as it absorbs heat from your house. Once the compressor releases heat under pressure, the refrigerant turns into liquid again.
The compressor relies on oil to run properly. If your air conditioner isn’t level, its oil could be distributed unevenly.
This can create:
- Compressor damage due to grinding parts.
- A compressor that’s too hot.
- More expensive utility bills due to less efficient cooling.
The compressor is one of the most expensive parts to replace on your air conditioner. If it goes out, you’re better off doing air conditioning installation due to this part’s cost.
2. Rust and Mold
Water is a natural byproduct of the cooling process. Your air conditioner gets rid of moisture from the air as it cools your house. This moisture flows into a pan and then out via a line.
If your air conditioner isn’t level, water might end up accumulating in the pan instead of flowing away. This can lead to:
- Water pooling around the air conditioner.
- Rust and mold.
- Damaged coils, which won’t be able to exhaust heat as efficiently.
- Higher energy bills due to less efficient cooling.
3. More Wear and Tear
If your air conditioner isn’t level, it may vibrate more than normal. This can cause annoying sounds when running and even require air conditioning repair.
Too much vibration could:
- Put more strain on parts and wear them out quicker.
- Shake loose refrigerant lines and create an expensive refrigerant leak.
- Make your air conditioner sink further.
- Eventually wear out your air conditioner much faster.
How to Level an Air Conditioner Pad
Leveling an air conditioner pad takes expertise. It’s usually not a job you’ll want to try on your own, since your air conditioner might need to be temporarily disconnected. This requires the help of a certified HVAC technician.
If you’re worried your air conditioner is sinking and causing problems, give Pliescott HVAC Services LLC a call at 410-228-4822. We’ll inspect your air conditioner for any damage and then determine the best way to level it.