Whenever you call for air conditioning repair and maintenance, the technician checks two units — the indoor unit and the outdoor unit. While the indoor unit usually has issues with dirt buildup, there are other threats that may damage the outdoor unit.
To keep your outdoor HVAC unit working efficiently for a long time, it’s important to make sure it isn’t threatened by the following elements:
Exposure to Rain & Wind
Bad weather conditions can damage your HVAC unit. If the outdoor unit is exposed, strong rains and high wind speeds that carry debris can significantly shorten its life. In addition, hailstorms can dent the unit and cause it to stop working. Even if there’s shade over the unit, if water pools around it this can cause mold and mildew growth, which is unhealthy for your household. Talk to your cooling and heating repairman about placing your outdoor unit in a safer, more shaded place.
Dirt & Debris
If your HVAC system’s outdoor unit is exposed to a lot of dirt, even if it’s just dust, it can accumulate and affect the unit’s performance. Paper and other debris can also get caught in your HVAC components, causing damage.
Insects & Animals
Ants, termites and other insects can find their way inside the unit, especially if a colony is close by. Squirrels, birds, rats and similar small animals can also use it as a place to build their nests. All of this intrusion is bad news for the health and safety of your HVAC unit, so call a professional to get rid of any infestations.
To take better care of your HVAC system, pick a good spot for the outdoor unit that’s protected from the elements. Make sure that it isn’t blocked by outdoor furniture, boxes or other items. Have it regularly inspected by a cooling and heating repair technician to prevent any issues from getting worse.
Have your HVAC system checked by AAA Air Conditioning, Inc. Call us at (361) 578-3846 or fill out our form to get your estimate.