Pine Trees And Central Air Units – Undoing The Damage That's Been Done
Is your central air conditioning unit positioned below a pine tree? Pine trees are lovely, but they do cause a lot of damage to your home and things like your air conditioning unit. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you undo the damage that has been done and prevent it from happening again in the future.
Clean the Unit
How messy is your central air unit? Does it have sap and pine needles all over it? Well, that's not going to help with the efficiency or how well it cools your home. Start by removing the grate off of the front of the unit. Now, get your shop vacuum and run an extension cord so that you can plug it in. Suck all of the pine needles off and out of the unit as best you can. Just be careful not to bump any wires loose as you work.
Now the sap isn't going to be quite as easy. Sap will break-down if it is coated with WD-40, but you don't want to coat the entire internal compartment of the central air unit. Instead, try to limit the spray to just the sap that is thick and may cause problems internally. On the exterior, you can spray a coat of WD-40 onto the sap, let it sit and then return with a plastic putty knife to peel the sap off of the surface. If the sap doesn't peel off after you've allowed it to sit for a while, reapply the WD-40, cover the unit with plastic wrap or a large garbage bag and let it sit overnight. The next day, the sap should be pliable enough to peel right off.
Have the Unit Maintained
Once you have the unit cleaned up, you'll want to contact your local HVAC technician to schedule a maintenance check. He or she will check all of the internal components and make sure that the debris hasn't caused any damage.
Prevent Future Issues
To prevent future issues with the pine tree, you can do one of two things – remove the tree or cover the central air unit. If you opt to cover it, you can find pre-made unit covers through your HVAC technician, or you can build a custom-made cover to fit perfectly. Just remember to leave enough space around the unit to allow it to get the air that it needs.
Talk with your local AC repairs contractor to learn more about undoing the damage that pine tree has done.