Last week, the team of K&S Heating and Air, received a complaint for a window AC unit, that kept shutting down with a “thud” noise, before it could even start the cooling cycle. We decided to pay a visit and inspect the unit.
On reaching the site and closely inspecting the unit, our technician found a bird nesting inside the window air conditioner. The technician removed the nest carefully, making sure no birds or their eggs were harmed in the process, serviced the air conditioner and it was good to go.
As a company, servicing the locals with installation, maintenance and air conditioner repair in Dallas, TX, we receive many complaints regarding bird nesting issues, affecting the air conditioning systems, from our customers.
Come summer, the indoors get unbearably hot. Knowing, that turning on the air conditioner units can possibly harm the birds and their nests, as they lie peacefully inside and around the units, we end up in an awkward position. The summer of Texas can be brutal and we cannot live without an air conditioner. What should we do?
Customers are found complaining. And, the nature of these complaints, vary too.
How Birds Can Affect the Workings of an Air Conditioning System?
Birds can affect the workings of an air conditioning system in the following ways:
They Can Affect the Air Circulation System
The bird droppings, in and around an air conditioner, if left dried, can accumulate and adversely affect the quality of air circulation of an air conditioner.
The dried droppings contain particles that get sucked into the fresh air circulation of an air conditioning system. Carried as air-borne particles, they then enter into the building and can lower the indoor air quality, causing serious health concerns. This include histoplasmosis, candidiasis, cryptococcosis, E.coli infection etc.
Bird Droppings Can Choke the Filters
An extension to the previous point, the airborne particles released from bird droppings can also gradually choke the air filters, if regular maintenance is not carried out. This can lower the working efficiency of the air conditioning system and lead to the buildup of other major issues, encountered in different working components of an air conditioning unit. If you experience any problem with your air conditioner, always consult an experienced professional who deals in air conditioner repair in Dallas, TX.
Birds Can Conk Off a Compressor
In our shared story, we saw, how bird nesting can stop an air conditioner’s compressor from starting. The debris of twigs, feathers and straws can stop the fan blades from moving completely, which results in the compressor being conked off. However, this is not a common occurrence. Because, the problem is only encountered in units which are not serviced regularly.
Birds Can Peck off the Insulation
Birds, especially pigeons, when dwelling in and around an air conditioning system, likes to peck off the insulation that covers the pipes. These pipes carry the refrigerant. With the insulation being removed, energy losses increase. This affects the working efficiency of an air conditioner.
If, it’s the AHU insulation that has been removed – birds often house in the attics, which allows them the opportunity to damage the duct work running through it, the raw fiberglass fibers can enter the air circulation system and lead to its compromise.
Peeled off insulation should be fixed and repaired by a professional company that offers reliable air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX.
Birds Can Clog Evaporator Coils
Bird feathers and droppings can accumulate in the form of debris, and clog evaporator coils and drain pans. This can cause a drop in the cooling power of an air conditioning system.
Bird Nesting Materials Carry the Risk of Fire Hazards
Bird nesting materials include straws, twigs, dried droppings and feathers – all highly flammable. The different components of an air conditioner system carry electric current through it. In an event of a short circuit, bird nesting in and around the air conditioner, can quickly catch fire and cause damage to the entire unit, as well as other areas of the building in case if the fire spreads.
What You Can Do to Prevent Birds from Building Nests Around Your Air Conditioning Unit?
There is only so much you can do in terms of servicing and repairing your air conditioning system. Unless you don’t take measures to stop birds from building nests around your air conditioning unit, you won’t get rid of the problem permanently.
After having your air conditioner repaired by a reliable professional that provides air conditioning repair in Dallas, TX, you can exercise following measures to prevent issues of bird nesting:
- You can install a wire around the outdoor unit of your air conditioning system. This prevents the birds from nesting around the unit. However, make sure that you install a wire which can be easily re-attached post repair or maintenance works.
- If there any bird baths or bird feeds, close to your air conditioning unit, make sure you relocate them to another site.
- You can mount a piece of cardboard, at the top of your air conditioner, fastening it at an angle of 45-degrees. This would prevent the birds from landing on to the top of the AC unit.
- You can install or apply bird deterrents, like CDs, bird spikes, silver tape or bird gel, to keep birds away from an AC unit.
K&S Heating and Air Provides Quality Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas, TX
If you are facing any issues regarding air conditioning repairs, you can call K&S Heating and Air, your trusted quality air conditioning service provider. We have the experience to conduct air conditioner installations, maintenance and air conditioner repair in Dallas, TX. Click here, to book an appointment.