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Air Conditioning Repair Needs: Uneven Outdoor Units

Have you ever wondered why your outdoor air conditioning unit rests on a concrete slab? It’s not just to keep it out of the dirt. It’s to ensure that the unit is resting on a level surface in order to do its job. If the outdoor unit isn’t level – if the slab is uneven or the unit is tilted at an angle – then it could cause problems: possibly leaving you without a reliable air conditioning system during those hot summer days in Silver Spring.

An uneven outdoor unit can arise when the ground settles under the foundation, or if the initial installation was faulty in some way. The problems from this condition are twofold. The first is that it places additional strain on the lines and coils in the unit, increasing wear and tear and running the risk of a leak or a rupture. Over time, this can have severe repercussions on the unit, necessitating significant repairs.

The second problem occurs when water puddles around the unit thanks to uneven ground. If he water gets into the system it can cause a short, as well as resulting in unpleasant odors and corrosion of metal components. A level foundation prevents pooling, and the placement of the unit may affect this process as well.

Correcting the issue involves making the outdoor unit level again, which can involve either resetting the concrete foundation, or adjusting the unit itself to stand level. The specifics vary by circumstance, but usually require the services of a professional to properly diagnose. A trained air conditioning service expert can ascertain the impact on your outdoor unit, the steps that need to be taken to fix it and he best way to implement those steps. He can also determine if the problem lies in the ground itself, and possibly suggest an alternative placement for your air conditioner to fix the issue.

If you’re looking for advice on dealing with an uneven outdoor unit, the technicians at Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating can help. We’ve provided reliable service to homeowners throughout the Silver Spring area, and can provide advice and expertise on the proper solution to the problem. Contact us today to set up a consultation.