How Pests can affect Your HVAC Unit

Trying to evict pests that don’t pay rent isn’t your only issue. Insects and critters of all sizes can really damage your HVAC system if you don’t address the problem immediately. Find out how to spot the signs of pests around and inside your HVAC system, and how you can prevent it!

Signs of pests in your HVAC

When it comes to your unit, there are a lot of different pests to look out for. Ants sometimes like to build their home inside your outdoor unit’s contactor. When this happens, your unit will start and stop on an irregular schedule, and your contactor will eventually burn out. This can be a pretty expensive repair to make. If you’re noticing ants marching in and around your AC unit, call an exterminator before you have to make costly repairs to your system.

Occasionally, wasps will choose your outdoor unit as their nesting place. This can be a major hazard to an HVAC service technician while they’re trying to perform regular maintenance. Keep an eye on your unit, and call an exterminator if you see the beginnings of a wasp nest.

Small critters like mice, rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels can chew through the wires and insulation from your home AC system to your outdoor unit. When this happens, your system will start to malfunction, and you’ll probably notice condensation leaking out of your unit. These critters can also give you further grief by crawling inside of the drain lines that run outside of your home. They can cause clogs and leaks if they get stuck inside these lines.

If you currently have a damaged HVAC system and need a replacement, you might consider switching to the affordable, efficient, and quiet Daikin Fit. This product is compact, easy to install, and is the best AC system you can find in the market today.

How to Pest-Proof Your HVAC

If you want to avoid costly repairs, the best thing you can do is to take preventative measures. When it comes to pests and your HVAC system, you never want to procrastinate fixing the problem. Repairs that are a direct result of pests can be very costly to you. Here are some steps that you can take to avoid major issues down the road:

  • Hire a professional to inspect your unit
  • Keep an eye out for scratched or chewed up areas, dead bugs, and droppings around your outdoor unit. Clear out as much of it as you can. This will help deter more pests from trying to leave their mark, and it will also improve the air quality in your home and prevent illness.
  • Keep all entry points to your home sealed, including outdoor vents, lines, and ductwork
  • Keep plants and greenery clear from your outdoor unit. Try to make everything as dry and humidity-free as possible. Make the area as uninhabitable as you can.

Don’t let pests ruin the comfortable atmosphere of your home. Take preventative measures to fight against persistent bugs and critters. Let Empire HVAC help you repair your systems from damage caused by pests. Schedule a service today! 404.294.0900