Summer storms are powerful with lightning, thunder, hail and debris swirling throughout the air. Even mowing during the summer can produce dangerous risk with rocks flying around your home. Normally the first thing to come to mind about disaster striking is your family’s safety and the safety of your home. However, most people don’t think about their outdoor AC compressor and the damage it suffers during the summer.
Keep Trees Trimmed
Trees, shrubs and bushes leave debris behind in the wake of a storm. Leaves, twigs and branches can even affect your AC compressor when they aren’t trimmed back. Any vegetation needs to be kept at least two feet away from the outdoor unit. Excess debris and plants around the exterior unit blocks proper airflow and forces the AC compressor to operate harder to keep your home cool.
If the AC compressor works harder, the chance for overheating is increased, and other components inside the outdoor unit can melt or malfunction. Excess debris can also scratch the exterior unit, bending the fins and clogging the components. Keep trees, bushes, vines and other greenery neatly trimmed back to keep your outdoor unit operating efficiently.
Utilize a Surge Protector
Major thunderstorms also play havoc on your air conditioning unit. Lightning strikes can fry the electrical components in your outdoor equipment. Power surges are common during summer storms, which can affect the performance of your HVAC system. An AC compressor malfunctioning can’t effectively cool your home. A whole-home surge protector reduces the risk of power failure and damage to your exterior unit.
Inspect the AC Compressor Unit
Humans aren’t the only ones who seek shelter indoors when a storm is brewing. Rodents seek dry, warm places during the winter and summer thunderstorms. Vermin can cause damage to the wiring and electrical components inside your outdoor unit. Inspect your HVAC unit for signs of a rodent infestation. If you see claw marks, bite marks or droppings, call Estes Services for an inspection and cleaning of your cooling system.
Critters bring in debris and leave behind fur, which can reduce airflow around the AC compressor. Just like with vegetation restricting airflow, the AC compressor is forced to operate harder and more often to deliver cool AC throughout your home. If your outdoor unit goes unchecked and uncleaned by a professional, the AC compressor will overheat, and the entire unit will break down.
Mow with Care
Aside from protecting your outdoor unit against storm damage, vegetation overgrowth and rodents, it is affected by your landscaping abilities. When you mow, point the blower away from the outdoor unit. This will reduce the amount of grass clippings likely to build up on the AC compressor, coil and fins of the outdoor unit. Consider equipping a bag over the mower exhaust to control the direction of stray grass clippings.
Make smart choices with your exterior unit and extend the life of your AC compressor for years to come. Utilize a whole-home surge protector to safeguard against lightning strikes and power surges. Trim trees and eliminate rodents from hindering the performance of your cooling system. Call Estes Services for routine service of your outdoor unit today!