Whether you’re installing a new air conditioner or wanting to maximize your current one, having it level is important.
Air conditioners are usually installed on concrete pads. As time passes, the pad could crack, shift or sink. This can result in breakdowns and even premature failure. Let’s review some of the problems that can happen and how to repair an air conditioner that isn’t level.
1. Damaged Compressor
Your air conditioner’s compressor is an important part. As its name suggests, it compresses liquid refrigerant that has turned into gas as it absorbs heat from your home. Once the compressor releases heat under pressure, the refrigerant turns into liquid again.
The compressor needs oil to work properly. If your air conditioner isn’t level, its oil could be distributed unevenly.
This can create:
- Compressor damage due to grinding parts.
- An overheated compressor.
- Higher utility bills due to less efficient cooling.
The compressor is one of the most expensive parts to replace on your air conditioner. If it stops working, you’re better off doing air conditioning installation due to this part’s cost.
2. Rust and Mold
Water naturally occurs during the cooling process. Your air conditioner removes 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 could end up pooling in the pan instead of flowing away. This can cause:
- Water pooling around the air conditioner.
- Rust and mold.
- Damaged coils, which won’t be able to get rid of heat as well.
- Higher energy costs 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 create annoying sounds when on and even require air conditioning repair.
Excessive vibration could:
- Put more strain on parts and wear them out quicker.
- Shake loose refrigerant lines and cause a costly refrigerant leak.
- Make your air conditioner sink even more.
- Eventually wear out your air conditioner much faster.
How to Level an Air Conditioner Pad
Leveling an air conditioner pad requires expertise. It’s typically not a job you’ll want to tackle on your own, because your air conditioner might need to be temporarily disconnected. This requires the help of a certified HVAC technician.
If you think your air conditioner is sinking and causing problems, give Smyth Air Conditioning a call at 561-533-6066. We’ll inspect your air conditioner for any damage and then determine the best way to get it level again.