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.