Dogs are great. Air conditioning is great too. Unfortunately, your dog's behaviors could be negatively impacting your air conditioner, reducing your unit's efficiency. Over time, this could lead to necessary air conditioning repair. These tips will help you identify and resolve problems that your dog could be causing for your air conditioner.
Dog Hair Clogs HVAC Systems
No matter how much or how often you clean, dog hair ends up all over the house. In fact, your HVAC system acts like a massive conduit that transports dog dander and hair via the ducts in your house. Unfortunately, dog hair can clog the coils of your HVAC system and line the interior of your ducts. This buildup can force your air conditioner to work harder than necessary in order to function, and could ultimately shorten the service life of the unit. To prevent this from happening, perform these tasks on a regular basis:
- Replace your air filter. Inspect your HVAC air filter on a monthly basis, and look for a buildup of pet hair on the filter. Replace dirty filters every 90 days or sooner if needed.
- Get professional care. Schedule an air conditioner tuneup with an HVAC repair professional each cooling season.
- Have your ducts cleaned. Look inside your ducts on an annual basis, and inspect the ducts for a buildup of dust and pet hair. Have your ducts cleaned on an as-needed basis.
Some Dogs Like to "Do Business" on the Condenser
Dogs have a way of picking favorite spots to pee, which is why you've probably noticed burn marks in the grass on your lawn. Some dogs, for whatever reason, like to pee on the air conditioner condenser. Unfortunately, dog pee coats the internal parts of the condenser and can cause those parts to corrode. Congealed dog pee can also make it harder to service your air conditioner condenser, and may even cause a smell inside your HVAC system.
Inspect your air conditioner condenser regularly. Look for signs of corrosion, and sniff around for the smell of dog pee. If you do see (or smell) evidence that your dog is peeing on your condenser, erect a chain-link fence around the condenser to prevent your dog from coming close to the unit.
Alternatively, you may also choose to erect a wall around your condenser. Keep in mind that your condenser needs air flow in order to function. Leave at least two feet of space between the wall and the condenser. This will ensure that your condenser has adequate room to "breathe."
Your dog could be reducing the efficiency of your air conditioner in ways that you aren't even aware of. Following these tips will help to ensure that your air conditioner is adequately protected from your dog. (For more information, contact One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating (West Pasco) or another company)