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Old 09-25-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC
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Might be a random question but I purchased a new-build house. My HVAC condenser unit outside does not sit on perfectly level ground. It is not a serious incline but enough that someone can see it's not perfectly level.

I just didn't know if this has the potential to cause an out of balance or avoidable wear and tear type of issue. As the house is still under warranty, I will file a notice with the builder if this is an issue.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-25-2019, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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It could become an issue- especially if this was caused by erosion.

An extremely out of level condenser unit can effect the performance of the compressor. The fix is usually lifting up the pad and packing some dirt under it.
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Old 09-25-2019, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC
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It could become an issue- especially if this was caused by erosion.
No, it was crooked from the get-go. I never really gave it much thought but one day I guess it kind of just hit me that with spinning parts it might be putting a load on some components.

I'd say it's about 5-6 degrees off kilter.
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Old 09-25-2019, 05:35 PM
 
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No, it was crooked from the get-go. I never really gave it much thought but one day I guess it kind of just hit me that with spinning parts it might be putting a load on some components.

I'd say it's about 5-6 degrees off kilter.
I know of neighbors units that have been way out of level ( 6 inches in 2 feet ) for many years with the original unit, however, I would make sure any unit on my property is dead level. It is simple enough to correct.
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Or you can put it on brackets like this:

https://www.diversitech.com/en-US/item/id/7950

Our side yard slopes down to a walkout basement and mounting this way eliminates the whole leveling/erosion problem.
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Old Today, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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6 Degrees out of level is where problems can start. Easy enough to level, but you do have to be careful not to move it a lot, because you can crack the refrigerant line.
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Old Today, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Mine was like that. I just put some shims directly underneath the unit, correcting it to be level again.
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