How To Avoid Critters Ruining Your Air Conditioner

You wouldn’t expect articles on air conditioning to be the stuff that nightmares are made of. But you’d be wrong…..

Being made of tougher stuff than your average nation (possibly a bias here) the Australians know how to deal with the odd critter here and there. As Bill Bryson famously noted in his assessment of life ‘Down Under – Travels in a Sunburned Country’, pretty much everything that moves in Australia is trying to kill you. Snakes, spiders, sharks, crocodiles….Even the seashells are dangerous. But we somehow deal with it in service of living on this glorious continent.

How does this relate to air conditioning units? Well for starters the critter issues we sometimes encounter in our domestic air conditioner service adventures are real. We’ve dealt with bug infestations, snakes, spiders, cockroaches and more. The practical reality of these pesky, temporary squatters is that they actually do compromise the efficiency of your split system aircon (whilst simultaneously freaking out your girlfriend/ boyfriend/ cat). They can also cause genuine problems with electrical shorts and potential complete failure of your cooling system, which is both costly and highly annoying.

Luckily, we’ve seen it all before and we’re not phased (gulp), and we’ve put together a practical list of do’s and don’ts to help you assess, combat and ultimately prevail against even the most pervasive of Australia’s insect life (cue the battle horn):


1. Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Don’t let them in in the first place.

This is obviously sometimes easier said than done. Trying to reason with something smaller than a toenail clipping that just down right wants a piece of your plot seems unreasonably difficult considering size and scale.

Bugs can be attracted to your air conditioner installation in the search of water or food. The smell of food can travel through the vents in your residential air conditioning unit and provide an obvious weak spot. If your unit has gaps or an untight seal, it’s potentially easy access for unwanted invaders.

Did you know that rats and geckos in your air conditioning unit can be avoided with a simple application of a spray coating? This separates the critters from live terminals. Ask Coolabah about this inexpensive service when you call to book your AC service or maintenance visit. A little spent now can save thousands in the future.

2. Don’t Ignore Your Landscape

The area outdoors, surrounding your air conditioning condenser is a bugs main in-road. Like medieval knights poised for attacking the barricades, animal life of all kinds will make use of fencing, trees, plants and low hanging branches to infiltrate the system.

Areas of debris and leaf litter also harbor animal and insect life, as do your garbage bins and wood piles, so DO make sure you keep your outdoor area as clear as you can and ideally positioned away from your condenser.

3. Keep an Eye on Areas of Moisture

If you have water leaking or areas of standing water, you run the risk of attracting more bugs than you’ll ever need or want in your life. Cockroaches and mosquitoes thrive in areas where there’s access to a water source, so fill in spots that create puddling and make sure that your condenser is not leaking moisture. If you’re unsure about this then call us and we’ll send an expert to assess the system for you. Leaking condensers are an indication of a problem with your system so get it checked before the issue gets worse.

4. Self Defensive Ducts and Vents are Helpful

Making the most of your unit’s armory is crucial before battle. Your air conditioning unit is made up of several components, including vents and ductwork. Screens that cover these areas can help to prevent critters from making their way inside as well as deterring additional imposters like birds from making nests in your ventilation spaces.

In the event that you do get an insect invasion in your ducts, it’s a much better idea to have someone attend to it professionally, than to try and clean it yourself. That’s our job. Doing a bodge job on ductwork cleaning can actually risk damaging the system and cost you more in the long term – plus it’s gross work. You really don’t want to do it.

5. Keep Your Air Conditioner in Tip Top Shape

The healthier the system, the more chance of success. Do get a regular air conditioning repair or service. It’s a good idea for all kinds of reasons, but on top of keeping your unit running smoothly and effectively throughout the year, we can also help you to prevent problems like infestation by making sure you have all the right things in place for optimum efficiency and deterring unwanted residents.

At Coolabah, we’re seasoned experts in how to deal with the ongoing challenges of what it means to be air conditioning professionals in Tweed Heads, Australia. It’s not for the meek or faint hearted. Bill Bryson wouldn’t stand a chance.

Luckily we’ve got it covered and we’re always happy to help.

If you don’t have time to clean your air conditioner, the experts at Coolabah can do it for you. Avoid unnecessary issues and costs and get in touch today, 1300 TOO HOT. And, let us pop on a spray coating for extra protection!

Coolabah Cooling is your source for quality air conditioning services, including maintenance and repair. Our team of air conditioning professionals will be more than happy to answer all your questions and address your needs. Talk to us today!