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Do You Know Who is Peeing on Your Air Conditioner?

In Austin, our air conditioners brave the outdoors year-round. We expect them to withstand the scorching heat of the Summer and the freezing cold of the Winter. But what if your air conditioner faces a different threat? And worse, what if it’s an inside job.

The Unlikely Culprit

If your Austin air conditioner is accessible to your dog, chances are Sparky has made it one of his favorite pee spots! We know, your Sparky would never do such a thing. Ok, we’ll take your word for it. Other people’s dogs don’t live by such high standards, however, and the damage it does to your air conditioning unit is shocking! Over time the metal frame and coils start to deteriorate due to the acidic nature of urine. Yeah, it’s gross. And worse, once the damage occurs, it eventually results in the air conditioning unit having to be replaced.

Damaged air conditioning unit.
Repeated exposure to urine can severely damage outdoor A/C units

How To Fix The Problem

There are a couple things you can do. Have a professional clean the air conditioning coil at least once a year. This will keep your air conditioning running at its peak efficiency. Clean air conditioner coils use less energy and reduce the mechanical stress on your system. Second, put a fence around the unit. It should be at least 3 feet from the condenser unit so as not to restrict air flow. And that’s it. Easy fix! That concludes our public service announcement on dog pee and air conditioning units.

If you are looking for plumbing or air conditioning service in Austin, Texas then please call (512) 263-9988 or complete our online service request form.