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Damage to Cincinnati AC Units from Animals


Repairs on your air conditioning unit and HVAC system can be costly when it comes to animal damage. Nelson Comfort wants to help protect your Cincinnati system against animal damage in your HVAC unit. Here are some tips to ensure your air conditioner and HVAC equipment remains intact and working efficiently for a long time.


There are several different types of animals and rodents that can crawl inside your ductwork. Unfortunately, they can also die inside your ductwork and cause your home to smell nauseating. The smell isn’t the only bad thing about dead animals and rodents in your ductwork. Decaying animals also are home to different parasites, fleas, and bacteria that can be hazardous for your health and home. With a proper duct cleaning by an HVAC professional, you can eliminate anything that might be dead or pose a threat to your home environment.


Once animals are inside your ductwork or equipment, they also can do a lot of damage to your ducts, air conditioning unit, and other areas of your home. These pests can leave behind debris, urine, and feces. The smell from the urine and feces is disgusting but the damage that follows is worse. Animals will chew into ductwork and create holes. Holes in ductwork are problematic since air will leak from your system. This wasted air forces your air conditioner to work twice as hard to cool your home and costs you a bundle in monthly energy bills. Annual preventative maintenance from a trusted professional will check for any leaks that might appear in your system so they can be repaired right away.


Animals also seek shelter inside your outdoor unit, such as:

  • Birds
  • Mice
  • Snakes
  • Rats
  • Raccoons

An outdoor unit is warm and offers a quiet place that is safe from other predators and Mother Nature’s harshness. Winters are a prime time for animals to hide and build nests in the outdoor cabinet. These nests can become hazardous when the seasons change and you start using your air conditioner. Damaged components inside the outdoor unit are more prone to overheating and starting a fire. HVAC maintenance performed prior to turning your AC on will eliminate any nests inside the outdoor cabinet. A technician will also double-check the panels to ensure that they are tightly sealed to prevent animals from coming in at all.

Don’t take the chance of an animal infestation happening; call Nelson Comfort today! We have the best NATE-certified technicians in the industry ready to help you with HVAC service or maintenance.

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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