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Cottonwood: How It Can Ruin Your Air Conditioner

Posted on: June 5, 2014 | , ,

Allergy season is in full swing this spring. The pollen count is already through the roof and now there are increased amounts of cottonwood flying around. What is cottonwood? Cottonwood is the little white tuffs of cotton that have been floating through the air. They come from a cottonwood tree. We already told you how to combat your allergies by installing an air cleaner, but how do you protect your air conditioner from cottonwood?

Unfortunately, one cottonwood tree can cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage to your air conditioner. While all of those little, fuzzy bits of cotton are flying around outside they are also latching onto your air conditioner coils. They can easily be sucked into a condenser coil and cause reduced air flow across the coil. This causes your air conditioner to become less energy efficient. It will have to work twice as hard which will cost you more money, and could potentially result in an over-heated compressor. Replacing a compressor is not cheap either.

Don’t wait until your air conditioner is beyond the point of a simple repair. The easiest way to get rid of a cottonwood problem is to have your air conditioner professionally cleaned as soon as possible. You might think this is an easy task to handle yourself, but we strongly recommend the help of a professional. If you try to clean off the coil yourself you might embed the seeds deep into the coils and make the situation worse. Certified HVAC technicians understand how every make and model works because they have received the proper training. The worst thing you could do would be to try and take matters into your own hands and end up doing more damage to your machine. Don’t try and save yourself money by using a pressure washer to the coils. That might end up damaging your machine beyond repair.

Don’t let the increased amount of cottonwood in the air ruin your air conditioner. Solve the problem by calling a service technician to properly clean your machine. They will make sure your coils are cleaned without doing more damage to your machine. Save yourself the time and money and call Chapman Heating and Air Conditioning at 317-291-4909 and schedule a service appointment today!

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