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Three Signs That Your Bent Exterior Air Conditioning Vent Needs To Be Looked At By A Technician

Every once in a while, it's important to examine your exterior air conditioning unit for any bumps, scratches, and broken parts. While a bent air conditioning vent isn't always fatal to your unit, it could enable much more serious damage in the future if you don't address it. So if you find that your exterior air conditioning unit has a bent vent, watch out for these three signs that it should be looked at by a technician.

Part Of The Vent Is Putting Pressure On The Coils Within

If the vent isn't bent far enough to touch any parts on the inside of the air conditioning unit, and it's otherwise stable when you put pressure on it, you might not have to deal with it immediately. But if it touches any of the coils within that heat and cool water, either pull the offending metal bars out of contact or consult a technician.

The coils going slightly out of alignment will significantly reduce the energy efficiency of your unit. In the worst case, one of the vent bars will cause a coil breach, and the unit will stop working completely.

You Can See Sharp Edges On Any Of The Metal Bars

Sharp edges on any of the metal bars means that the force that bent them was something extremely strong and violent like a large animal. Otherwise, none of the bars would've been torn up enough to create sharp surfaces.

Vents bars that have been pushed extremely hard have a tendency to start bending and falling apart on their own if you don't replace them. Since an outside force could only have bent the bars inward, anything snapping off is bound to damage the unit's interior parts.

You Can Hear A Cracking Sound When You Press On One Of The Bars

A cracking sound when you press on one of the vent bars is a sign that the edges of the vent holding everything in place are severely weakened. In this case, it might only take an aggressive storm to drive the bars out of their places entirely.

If only some of the bars crack when you put pressure on them, you might be able to get away with only replacing part of the vent. But if only the bars on the extreme top and bottom of the vent remain where they're supposed to be, you might as well replace the whole vent at once. This way, the entirety of the hole in your air conditioning unit will be protected by new bars that haven't suffered from any wear and tear.

For more information, contact American Heating and Cooling Specialists or a similar company.