External threats pose various risks to heating and air conditioning units. For instance, furnace vents on your roof are exposed to the elements. You need to take care of the exterior components of your equipment to make sure it stays efficient and in good shape.
Continue reading to discover which external threats increase the likelihood of HVAC damage.
Falling tree limbs. Weather extremes can cause massive tree limbs to fall on your outdoor equipment. They can harm the exterior AC housing or the upper fan grille and condenser. Dried or fallen leaves can also block the fan grille and disrupt exhaust airflow, affecting cooling efficiency.
Harsh weather conditions. Water can pool around your outdoor heating and cooling unit due to heavy rains and roof runoff. The unit may resist water, but it’s not completely waterproof, and may still experience damage from extended exposure. Standing water risks serious damage to sensitive electrical circuits and the compressor motor.
Shrubs and bushes. Bushes and shrubs can scrape against your HVAC system and also affect its airflow. Make sure any vegetation is at least two feet away from your HVAC system. You must also regularly get rid of weeds that can restrict airflow through your outdoor unit.
Pests and wildlife. Pests can live inside, under or near your outdoor HVAC unit. When not addressed immediately, your equipment may suffer extensive damage. Check your system for indications of a pest infestation, especially during the warmer months. Contact professionals to remove the pests if there are any.
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