Two electric residential heating and air conditioning (HVAC) packaged heat pump units on a concrete pad

Air conditioner pads, or HVAC pads, don’t seem that important, especially when compared to the air conditioner unit itself. However, your HVAC pad plays a big part in keeping your unit safe and your home cool and comfortable. In today’s blog post from A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville, we’re sharing the basics of air conditioner pads as well as why you need one. Continue reading to learn more, and if you have further questions, feel free to contact our team!

What Is An HVAC Pad?

HVAC pads are a square or rectangle concrete slab that sits under your central air conditioner. It’s typically the first thing that’s built during the installation of a new AC system. It’s also called an AC condenser pad because that large exterior portion of your AC system is called the conditioner.

Why Do I Need An HVAC Pad?

There are several reasons that your AC is lifted up on a concrete slab. The first is that it protects the machine from pests that could damage your AC. Secondly, it reduces the vibration of the AC unit’s fan. If the unit was on the ground instead of the pad, it would make a loud buzzing noise and also suffer damage from the repeated vibrations. As such, the pad protects against damage and extends the lifespan of the unit. If you’re putting in a new AC system and need an HVAC pad poured, our team can get the job done right. 

Types of HVAC Pads

There are several types of materials that HVAC pads can be made of. The majority of pads are made from concrete, and this material is ideal for large air conditioners because it can support a lot of weight. However, if you have a smaller home, and therefore a smaller air conditioner, you can use a composite pad instead. Composite pads are made of recycled plastic or rubber, and while they are softer than a concrete pad, they can last just as long. 

Both types of materials provide the stability needed for your AC unit. They are also waterproof and weatherproof, which is essential since they are outside in the elements. Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville, we can both pour new concrete pads as well as level existing pads.

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While it can be easy to overlook your HVAC pad, they’re a vital part of your entire system! Here in Nashville, the temperatures can get pretty hot during the summer, and you don’t want to have to suffer in the heat because you didn’t maintain your AC pad. If you’re in need of a new HVAC pad or concrete leveling for an existing pad, the team at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville can help. Contact us for concrete leveling today. 

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