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How to Identify Hazards to Your Outdoor HVAC Unit
Thursday, November 24, 2016
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Are you aware of safety and prevention measures when it comes to your outdoor HVAC unit? What can possibly cause issues? Here’s what you need to know about identifying hazards to your outdoor unit.

Overgrown Shrubbery Can Be an Issue

Overgrown shrubbery can be a nuisance for many reasons, but when it comes to your heating and cooling system, it can really be a hazard. If it starts to interfere with the function of the outdoor unit, it can not only cause a breakdown so you lose your air conditioner, it can actually cause major equipment damage if it gets into the unit. Make sure you trim back any shrubbery that’s near and around the outdoor HVAC equipment.

Look out for Foreign Objects above the Unit

Do you have foreign objects in your yard? Sounds a little strange, but when it comes to objects that can damage your HVAC unit, they can come in all shapes and sizes. If your roof overhang or soffit hangs over the equipment, roofing material could fall into or onto of the unit and cause damage. Hail could damage the equipment, and if you have kids, they can poke stuff into the unit that can cause a lot of damage.

Watch Out for Objects Stuck in the Fan Blades

Outdoor units, especially air conditioners, have fans that work to pull out indoor air and push in the cooled air. Anything that gets stuck in the motor that runs the fan or in the fan blades themselves can cause damage and break down the unit. This can include anything from fall leaves to sticks to building materials. Keep all objects away from the fan blades.

Your outdoor HVAC unit is exposed to many hazards. If you have any issues with safety and prevention that compromise the function of your system, contact the team at All City Heat and Air right away.

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I would recommend family and friends to very definitely consider them, and I will use them again. They are certainly very responsive, and they have been very willing to work with me. I live in Florida, but the house is in Charlotte so they have worked through some scheduling issues and some other issues with me that have been mutually satisfactory.

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