Your outdoor air conditioning unit isn’t the most glamorous item in your home, which explains why so many homeowners often overlook this vital piece of equipment. Without that external unit, your home would not cool properly. If you want to keep the cold air flowing during those warm summer months, make sure you safeguard against these potential outdoor hazards.
Grass Clippings and Yard Waste
When mowing the lawn, if the mower’s discharge is pointed at the unit the coil can become clogged with grass clippings and debris that drastically lower efficiency. Make sure the discharge is pointed away from your AC unit when you go by with the mower.
Leaves and Other Debris
If your unit has a fan on top, be sure to keep leaves clear of the fan and never stack items on the top of the unit. This restricts the airflow of the unit and reduces the overall efficiency of your air conditioning system.
Everyone wants a well-trimmed yard, but that weed whacker you’re using is one of the most common threats to numerous parts of your AC unit. Trimming too close or failing to clean up afterward can result in the following hazards:
- Debris damaging the coil
- Falling debris flattening aluminum fins of the fan
- Weed whacker cutting thermostat wires
From the weather to human error, there are numerous outdoor hazards that can damage your air conditioner. Keep an eye out for these hazards and you’ll maintain an effective, efficient air conditioning system year round.