How Can I Protect My AC Unit from Pet Damage?
Measures To Take To Prevent A Damaged AC Unit
As much as we love our dogs, we all know there are times when they get on our bad list. When Max pees on the carpet, you may find yourself annoyed. When Fido sheds all over the house, you can get a little irritated. But what happens when he harms your air conditioner?
That’s right. When unsupervised, your dog can be a threat to your air conditioner—and, inevitably, your home’s comfort! Here are a few reasons why and what to do when they happen.
Did Your Dog Pee on Your AC Unit?
Your dog’s pee might ruin your carpet, but that’s just a stain—that you can live with if you have to. When your dog pees on your AC unit, it’s another story. The outside unit of your air conditioner is called the condenser unit. These are often in backyards or exposed on the sides of homes. When a dog pees on a condenser unit, it can eat away at the metal, causing corrosion on the refrigerant coil.
How can we prevent this? To protect your condenser, you can:
- Plant bushes. This may keep your dog’s spray from reaching the condenser, even if they choose to mark their territory near your AC unit.
- Build a fence. This may discourage the dog from going near the unit or at least make it harder for them to reach your unit.
- Use odor sprays. Using odor sprays can deter your dog from choosing this spot to urinate.
If you’re building a new home, think about the placement of the condenser. It might be best on the side of the house—instead of the front or back—where your dog or others cannot reach it. If it’s already happened, it’s best to call a professional AC technician to evaluate the damage.
Did Your Dog Chew Your AC Wiring?
Thought you had puppy-proofed everything in your home? If you’re planning to leave your dog outdoors for extended periods, don’t forget to check your AC wiring. Puppies, or dogs of any age, are known to chew through thermostat wires and other parts of your AC unit.
How to prevent this: Ideally, the best way to prevent your dog from chewing through your AC wiring is to keep them indoors. If this isn’t possible, make sure your AC wires are not visible—you can do this by following the instructions for protecting your condenser. Plant bushes or build a fence to make accessing your AC unit much more difficult for Fido!
If your pet has already damaged your air conditioning unit at your Michigan home, contact Ehler’s Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.
Our highly trained technicians can guide you in taking the right steps to repair or replace your AC unit.
Have Questions On How To Prevent AC Failure?
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our expert team. If you’re unsure whether Fido has already damaged your air conditioning unit, schedule an air conditioner inspection by calling us today. We’re happy to help solve any AC problems you may have!
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