It can feel like your HVAC system is the backbone of your home, especially in the middle of the summer. The Florida heat can feel suffocating without the blast of cold air from your vents. Unfortunately, that cold air will also attract unwanted four-legged pests who are also trying to escape the heat. Those animals could force you to need major HVAC repair.
As most industrial systems do, HVAC systems have several different parts. Each of them can be negatively impacted by the presence of animals and the wake of destruction they leave behind. Just because you can’t see them causing the damage doesn’t make the damage any less real.
A rodent’s favorite hobby is biting and damaging the wiring. They will chew off the insulation around the wire, and then, if you don’t stop them, the damage will continue. The rodents will eventually chew completely through the wire or pull the wire out of the socket.
HVAC systems have a lot of small electronic parts that are very temperamental. The mere existence of animals in your cooling system can damage these small parts or knock them loose. If they break an electronic connection or move a piece, the entire system could stop working.
Animal urine or feces on any component can also significantly impact the effectiveness of your cooling system. Components might need to be repaired or completely replaced. Don’t forget to have a technician regularly come to inspect and maintain your HVAC system. They will fix any issues before they can become a major problem.
As animals run through your ducts, they’re putting weight and pressure in a vent that is only supposed to be transporting air. Since your ducts aren’t made to be carrying any kind of weight, a rodent running through your ducts can break the seals in your vent. This will cause the cool air to escape, and you will need an HVAC repair for your system to function correctly.
In addition to the damage animals will do to your HVAC system, they will also damage your health and other areas of your home. Animals, especially rodents, are known for creating a foul smell wherever they reside. Their urine and feces only add to this stench, and if an animal dies in your cooling system, it will only get worse.
Once the odor starts, your vent system will carry it throughout your entire home. Eventually, the smell and bacteria created by the animals will pose a significant health concern to you and your family. Living animals and their odor can also create a problem for someone with asthma or allergies.
The best way to prevent animal damage and the HVAC repair that comes with them is not to let the pests in. You can do this by double-checking all of your ducts and making sure there are no openings. Have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system and close any gaps they find.
Animals can also enter your home through old pipes, dryer vents, holes made for electrical, and other openings in the walls and roof of your home. Seal them all as best as you can to prevent animal and bug infestations.
If you suspect animals have infiltrated your cooling system or you’re in need of HVAC repair, call Art Plumbing AC & Electric at 561-391-1048. We may not be able to get rid of the pests, but we can repair any of the problems they cause. We’ll have your cooling system back up and functioning in no time.