It’s finally time to use your air conditioner! To keep cool, you want to keep it running smoothly. But, dirt, sticks, leaves and even animals can get into your A/C unit and wreak havoc, which can block air flow and keep your system from operating efficiently.
To avoid damage and expensive repairs, here’s how you can protect your unit from debris:
- Keep plants at least two feet away from your air conditioner. You don’t want anything growing into the unit, and you want to minimize the amount of leaves and other plant material that can blow inside.
- Avoid blowing grass clippings near your unit. Grass clogs are some of the most common causes of air conditioner blockage.
- Check for signs of animals living in your unit. Birds, squirrels, rabbits and other small animals might get into your air conditioner and build nests.
- Keep your air conditioner away from any drip lines and roof run offs. You can even protect it with an awning and prevent the potential damage of rust and mold growth.
- If you have a fence, make sure it doesn’t block the air flow. There should be plenty of space between the slats to allow for air flow so your equipment doesn’t have to work harder than necessary.
- Cover your unit to protect it during the winter months. This protects the cabinet and keeps things from blowing inside. There are also special screens that attach to the top of your air conditioning unit and around the side to keep leaves and other debris from getting inside.
If your unit isn’t working properly, call us or request your next service call online. Our expert technicians will inspect your unit and help you with any necessary repairs.