As mentioned before, we recommend keeping plants and other obstructions at least two to three feet from the condenser on all sides. We also recommended keeping at least five feet of clearance above the condenser.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much clearance do you need around a condenser?
How Much Space Do You Need Around an AC Condenser? Horizontally, the minimum clearance space for an air conditioning condenser is one foot, however, two to three feet is optimal. Vertically, the minimum space for an AC unit clearance from trees above is five feet.
What can I plant around my AC unit?
Best Plants to Hide Your Air Conditioner Vine type plants work well if you build a trellis or something they can climb on. Try roses, clematis, sweet pea, morning glory, and trumpet vine. Just pay attention to how much sun/shade the area gets when choosing your plants.
How far should bushes be from AC condenser?
Crowding plants too near the condenser can result in higher repair costs and reduce the life of the AC. The key is to provide shade to the condenser, but maintain proper airflow. Many manufacturers recommended a minimum clearance of 2 to 3 feet (. 6 to 1 m.)
How much clearance does a mini split condenser need?
Similarly to the air handler, make sure the condenser has approximately 80 inches of front clearance, 12 inches on the back, 24 inches on the right, 12 inches on the left, and 24 inches above.
How much clearance do you need for a condenser unit?
The most common clearance requirement is 12" between one condenser unit and anything that blocks or restricts the air, and that twice that (24") between to units. There have been some installation instructions which have allowed that 24" between unit to be reduced to 12"...
Why do you need clearance around your outdoor air conditioner?
The outdoor unit of an air conditioner or heat pump is called the condenser unit (although in heating mode for a heat pump, it actually works as an evaporator). This outdoor unit needs to have sufficient space for air flow so it can properly draw the heated air into it and across the refrigerant coils.
What should I do with my outdoor condenser unit?
In other words, don’t do something like build a deck over it to hide it. Interfering with airflow around your condenser unit will make your air conditioning system work harder, which costs you money. Having your outdoor condenser unit shaded with bushes or perhaps a lattice fence around it can help improve its efficiency.
What's the clearance distance between an air conditioner and a heat pump?
Clearance distance between adjacent air conditioner or heat pump compressor/condenser units Maintain a distance of 24 in. (609.6 mm) between units. Some of the installation/operation manuals provided at REFERENCES permit a reduced 20" clearance between adjacent units.