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Uncommon AC Repairs You Should Be Aware Of

Your air conditioner might break down for reasons like a bad compressor, and the fan may eventually run into problems as well. These are expected, and it could be any number of various mechanical problems that pop up. As homeowners, you expect issues like these, but they’re not the only problems that can befall your AC.

When we answer calls for AC repair in Howell, MI, we run into some odd problems that you might not expect. While the situations we’re about to talk about aren’t common, they’re also possible, and it’s good to know as a homeowner all the unexpected ways your air conditioner can incur damage.

External Water Can Damage Your Air Conditioner

If water gets in from external sources, it can severely damage your air conditioner. We already know that water and electricity don’t mix, but it’s not just about the electrical components of the air conditioner itself. Water getting into your AC can cause:

  • Electrical damage: Electrical components short out and break, and can even cause other adjacent components to break as well.
  • Physical instability: If water gets in and around your vents, it can cause instability in the surrounding material. In short: it leads to expensive property damage.
  • Mold growth: Mold grows in dark, damp places, and water gets everywhere. By the time you find out about it, there’s usually mold growth, and that affects your respiratory health in numerous ways.

Your AC Cabinet Can Sink Into the Ground

Outside of your home is the AC cabinet: that metal behemoth that’s on the side of your house. It’s most likely sitting on top of a concrete pad, and there’s a reason for that. The concrete pad prevents your AC from sinking into the ground, but it also helps with its operation.

Without that level, unmoving surface, certain components in your air conditioner wouldn’t be level. That doesn’t matter for every working part, but it does matter for the condensate drip tray, which stores water that’s pulled from your indoor air. The cabinet can sink into the ground over time (especially if there are nearby drainage issues) and cause problems.

Rodents Can Eat Through Your Ductwork

Your ductwork is there for your air conditioner, but also for your heater. In the middle of winter, rodents seek out warmth for survival, and oftentimes they look for houses. They then look for the warmest part of your home, which is your HVAC ducts.

To get to the warmth, they chew through the material of your ducts. Since most homes have flexible ducts, it doesn’t take long for rodent teeth to cut through. This leads to air leaks and inefficiency in your AC, which will spike up your bill and energy usage.

These Problems Happen—We’re Here to Deal With Them

Whether it’s routine issues with your air conditioner or unexpected problems like these, we’re equipped to handle them. It’s time to service your air conditioner and restore it to its former glory, and there’s no better way to do that than calling now. We’ll help you figure out the best course of action to reclaim your comfort.

Contact us today to schedule your AC repairs as soon as possible.

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