Old, dirty outdoor HVAC unit

How To Prevent Your AC system From Overheating

Your AC system is not a luxury but a necessity. During the warmer months, your unit will work at total capacity to ensure your home remains at its desired temperature. If not properly maintained, your unit runs the risk of overheating. Overheating will cause the circuit breaker to trip, or worse, total internal breakdown. Luckily, there are simple ways to prevent this from happening.

Proper maintenance decreases the risk of malfunction and is relatively easy to achieve. Our experts have compiled a list of helpful tasks to maintain your unit and avoid future repair or replacement.

Clean Debris Off Outdoor Unit

The part of your HVAC system outside your home is designed to withstand inclement weather and harsh temperatures, but some elements can cause it harm. Inspect your unit weekly for a build-up of grass clippings, leaves, or other debris. It is essential to prevent these items from building up because they will eventually be sucked into the system, decreasing efficiency and causing irreversible damage.

Regular Filter Changes

We recommend changing your air filter monthly. This simple task increases indoor air quality and prevents dust and bacteria from entering your system. If dust and bacteria travel through the ducts, they will build up and eventually clog. Clogs result in unnecessary stress and decreased efficiency, causing you to pay more on your monthly energy bill.

Proper Placement

Adequate Airflow

It is important to look for an open space when deciding on the placement of your unit for installation. Meaning space free of dense bushes, tall grass, or anything else that will interfere with airflow. Allow for two to three feet of open space around all sides and five feet of clearance overhead.


Even though HVAC systems are designed to withstand the outdoor elements, they are not supposed to remain in the sun constantly. Place your unit in a majority shaded area. This assists in keeping it cool, preventing it from working twice as hard to keep your home comfortable.

Regular Tune-Ups

Enlisting help from experienced professionals is one of the best ways to ensure your system remains healthy. Their years of training have equipped them with the knowledge that helps recognize potential problems and fix them before they become too serious.

For more information on HVAC systems and their maintenance, Contact our team at (508) 456-8838 or online to schedule your service today!