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When you really think about it, how much do you know about your appliances? If you are like most people, you might troubleshoot your refrigerator or microwave with an online video in hand, just trying to make sense of the madness. However, you don't have to take on the grueling task of appliance repair on your own. On my blog, I will walk you through different problems and how they might be repaired, so that you better understand your options. After all, who likes dealing with a damaged dishwasher or a troubled stove? With my help, you might be able to spot trouble before it snowballs into something bigger.

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Ant Issues: What An Ant Infestation Can Do To Your AC

Owning a central air conditioning system means that you can keep your home cool and comfortable all summer. However, you can only do this if your air conditioning system is working the way that it is supposed to. One common problem many homeowners fail to address until it's too late is ant infestations in the air conditioning unit. Here's what you need to know about these tiny pests and the significant damage that they can do to your air conditioner.

Ants Are Drawn To The Condenser

Crazy ants, a specific, tiny, highly active ant, are actually drawn to electronic equipment. The warmth released by the air conditioning condenser and the shelter provided by the outer shell both make it an ideal place to settle into and nest. Without active deterrent measures, you're likely to find a large nest in the condenser.

The Problem Grows Rapidly

One of the biggest issues with ant infestations in the air conditioning condenser is the fact that, when you turn the unit on, many of the ants inside will be electrocuted. In fact, this will continue to happen as they don't have an understanding of electricity or the threat it poses.

Every time an ant is killed, its body releases natural pheromones that are essentially a cry for help. They draw other ants to the immediate area to rescue the ant or to deal with the threat. This leads to more and more ants being electrocuted. This leads to dead ants accumulating inside the condenser, either on the coils or on the circuitry.

Dead Ants Don't Solve The Problem

The accumulation of dead ants inside the condenser is a threat to many of your air conditioner's parts. Not only can it damage wiring, but it can also damage the coils, the circuit boards, and many other components. You'll need to have those parts replaced by an air conditioning technician after he or she cleans the ants out of the unit.

Prevention Is Essential

Talk with an air conditioning technician, like those at All Appliance Parts of Sarasota, about parts that you can install to help discourage ants from getting into your compressor, including things like new condenser covers or other components. He or she can help you find the right parts to fit your needs. The more proactive you are about preventing an infestation, the better protected your air conditioner will be. You can also work with a pest control company to lay a barrier around the perimeter of your home to discourage ants as well.