Why You Need to Keep Fall Foliage Away From Your Outdoor AC/Heating Cabinet

Fall Foliage in South Central Texas

For many people, there’s no season better than fall in Gonzales and Seguin. The cool weather, football, bonfires, hayrides, sweet treats and other traditions of fall are enough to put anyone in a good mood.
In the midst of all the celebrations, it’s important that you take a few moments to give your AC/heating unit some attention. Specifically, you need to make sure that any fall foliage, such as leaves, sticks, grasses and anything else stay away from your outdoor HVAC cabinet. Here are a few reasons why GVEC recommends giving your AC/heating system this special effort.

Prevent Nesting

One potential problem with leaving your outdoor AC/heating cabinet surrounded by foliage is that the area becomes an attractive place for animals looking to hunker down for the winter. The protection provided by a leaf-cluttered, plant-choked outdoor cabinet could attract squirrels, mice, rats and other unwanted animals. While they’re nesting, they could take some nibbles of the wiring inside your AC/heating unit, meaning you could be left with an expensive repair.

Maintain AC/Heating Airflow

The outdoor cabinet’s primary job is maintaining proper air flow; it contains the system compressor, condenser coil and blower fan. This is another reason why GVEC recommends clearing leaves and other debris away from the HVAC cabinet. Without adequate airflow, your system won’t work as efficiently and could potentially overheat, leaving you left in the cold.

Stop HVAC Rust

Any foliage that might come in contact with your outdoor AC/heating cabinet may be damp, bringing moisture into contact with the unit and holding it there, creating conditions conducive for rust to form. Rust, especially rust that forms on the blower fins located in your outdoor HVAC unit, can have a major negative effect on the performance of your system.

A Basic Process

While removing foliage from around your outdoor HVAC unit is something you can do yourself, removing any buildup from inside the cabinet can be a trickier job. There are other maintenance items, too, that you’ll probably want to let the fully licensed AC/heating pros at GVEC handle.
Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, we have what it takes to handle air conditioner and heating repair and replacement, ductless system installation, home energy audits, and much more. Contact GVEC today at 877.466.5506 to make sure your system is ready to provide exceptional comfort throughout the year. We serve Gonzales, TX, and other areas throughout South Central Texas.

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