How You Can Protect Your Outdoor HVAC Condenser?

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Protecting your condenser can help a HVAC system run as long as possible.

Here in Myrtle Beach, SC, there are some many outdoor elements your condenser is exposed to each and every day.  Salt air, plant debris, wildlife and potential flooding are all items that can impact the function of your system.  There are several things you can do to help protect your condenser from these elements and more:  

Salt Air

Salt air is one of the hardest things to protect your unit from, especially if you live right on the ocean or a few blocks from it.  If you live close to the ocean it is best to have your unit coated with a coastal coating to help prevent the salt air from rusting your unit out.  If your unit does not have a coastal coating, you can help your system by frequently rinsing the unit off with fresh water.  This can help slow down the rusting.

Plant Debris

Trees and shrubs tend to drop leaves, branches, bark and other debris which can find its way into your condenser.  It is best to keep 3 feet around your unit clear of plants and clean up around your system monthly.  If you have excessive amounts of plant debris building up inside your condenser, you should have a condenser cover installed to help reduce the amount of debris that can get into your system but still allows for the proper air flow exchange. 


Wildlife can be so much fun to watch but they can wreak havoc on your HAVC condenser.  Several smaller animals such as snakes, lizards, squirrels, and mice can cause damage to your condenser fan motor and capacitor.  They often times crawl into the unit when it is not on.  They can chew through wires or nest and when the unit turns back on, it ends up bad for the unit and for the animal that was inside of it.  The best solution is to spray pest repellent around your unit and potentially cover the unit to try and help prevent wildlife from entering your condenser. 

Potential Flooding

If you live in a flood zone, you should be prepared for the potential of flooding to occur at any time.  Flood waters can destroy an HVAC system.  If you live along the coast or in a flood zone, your condenser should be raised up, so it is not susceptible to flood waters.  The best solution for keeping your condenser out of floods are platforms built or attached to your home for your AC unit.

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If you need help with your condenser, we are here for you!

If you would like an inspection of your HVAC condenser completed, contact the Pros at Dependable Service Plumbing & Air, 1-843-353-0461.  Our Team of Professionals can help ensure your unit is properly functioning and free of all types of debris

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