Beware of Dog…Near Air Conditioner

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Beware of Dog…Near Air Conditioner

As much as we love our dogs, we all know that there are times when “man’s best friend” gets on our bad list. For example, when you come home to a trashcan that had been previously full spread out all over your floor or when those hamburgers you set out to defrost find their way into Buddy’s mouth. Lastly, when you walk downstairs to find that your sweet little puppy had an accident on your brand new white carpet.

Dog pee does not just ruin carpet; it can also harm your air conditioner. The outside unit of your air conditioner is called the condenser unit and often these are in backyards or exposed on the sides of homes. When a dog lifts his leg, it can cause the metal to be eaten away thereby causing corrosion on the refrigerant coil. Refrigerant is what cools your home, so if the coil gets leaky because of your dog (no pun intended), your air conditioner will not function properly.

How can we prevent this? First, if you and your four-legged friend are going on a walk in this lovely spring weather and he looks like he has to go, steer him clear of any exposed air conditioning units. Second, to protect your condenser in the backyard you can plant bushes around it or build a fence to discourage the dog from going near there. Also, odor sprays to deter dog urination can be helpful as well. If building a new home think about the placement of the condenser, it might be best on the side of the house where your dog or others cannot reach it.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact A.B. May! If it is too late and you can tell that your doggy has already gotten to the air conditioner, you can contact A.B. May as well. If you are unsure, schedule an air conditioner inspection.