How to Protect Your Outdoor AC Unit from Spring Storms

May 4th, 2020
Air Conditioning

Storms are common during the spring season, which can put your outdoor air conditioning unit at risk for damage. Don’t risk an interruption in operation and comfort as you wait for repairs. A-1 Mechanical shares how you can protect your outdoor AC unit from storms.

Protecting Your Air Conditioner from Falling Debris

Be proactive as much as possible prior to storms. Remove dead branches from trees and the ground around your property. Trim back branches that overhang the area to protect AC’s condenser unit from storms and powerful winds.

If high winds are expected, the outdoor unit can be covered with a tarp or sheet of plywood to protect its top from falling debris. Such a cover also offers protection for large hailstones. For elevated units, secure the condenser unit with hurricane straps.

To protect the air conditioner from storms and debris that blow into its sides, try building a structure around it for protection. Such a structure keeps leaves and other debris from being blown into the interior of the unit, which can cause damage, clogs and performance issues. Any structure should be built at least 24 inches away from the unit on all sides. Shrubbery with strong root systems also provides natural protection for the unit.

It’s important to only do so if the air conditioner will not be in use during the storm. Remove the cover as soon as the storm passes, as you don’t want moisture to be trapped inside the unit for too long.

Protection from Flooding

There’s no need to cover an outdoor unit just because of rain – this equipment is designed for exposure to the elements. If a flood is expected, covers may be of some benefit, but only when they are thoroughly sealed.

Anytime an air conditioning unit is exposed to flood waters, even if you used a cover, it needs to be inspected by a professional before further use. Components may have been damaged while sitting in flood waters, which could make the system dangerous to operate without repairs.

During a Storm

Once a storm rolls in, cut power to protect the outdoor AC system from electrical surges caused by close lightning strikes. Doing so also prevents damage that could occur if falling debris becomes lodged within the unit’s interior.

To avoid discomfort during a power outage – or if you turn off power to protect your air conditioning unit from storms – pre-cool your home. Prior to the storm, lower your thermostat settings several degrees. Keep window coverings, doors and windows shut to help your home hold in more of its cooling while the storm carries on.

After a Storm

Before using your air conditioner again after a storm, always inspect it for potential damage. Do not leave the system shut down for too long, as doing so may cause mold and mildew development due to trapped moisture. If you are unsure if the unit has been damaged or if it has been flooded, call your HVAC system professional for inspection before use.

Air Conditioner Repairs from A-1 Mechanical

Despite your best efforts and the tips mentioned in this blog, it’s not always possible to prevent damage. If your air conditioner has been damaged, A-1 Mechanical performs fast repairs to quickly restore your system and return cool air to your home. Contact A-1 Mechanical today to schedule service for your outdoor HVAC unit.

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Common Questions About Ductless Mini Split Systems

May 4th, 2020
Ductless Mini Split

Ductless mini split HVAC systems are becoming more popular in homes throughout Grand Rapids thanks to their versatility, efficiency and other great benefits. However, many homeowners are still reluctant to consider this option for their homes because they’re simply not familiar with them. By answering some common ductless mini split questions, we hope it’s easier to see that this system type could be a great solution for your home.

How Does a Ductless Mini Split Work?

Most of us are used to central heating and cooling systems, which is why many people ask us how ductless mini splits work. A ductless system features two main components – indoor air handlers and an outdoor heat pump or air conditioner. Systems commonly feature multiple air handlers connected to an outdoor unit through a line set.

Ductless mini splits have dedicated air handlers installed in each area of the home, which create the ability for zoned comfort. Each one is controlled individually and independently. As such, efficiency can be improved by cutting waste, and comfort accounts for everyone’s preferences and the needs of a space without affecting temperatures across the home. Basements, garages or new home additions can use a single-zone mini split system if they want just that area to receive heating and air conditioning.

What Type of Homes Use Ductless Mini Splits?

Common questions about ductless mini split concern the versatility of the system. A ductless system is extremely versatile and can go where forced air systems often can’t due to space or cost considerations because of lacking ductwork.

Ductless systems are a great solution for scenarios such as:

  • Homes with no existing ductwork
  • Homes where there is not enough space to install a new duct system
  • Providing heating and cooling in a space not connected to the central air distribution system, like a recently finished attic or basement
  • In new additions where the cost of expanding the current central system to serve the area would be cost prohibitive
  • In areas of a home where supplemental heating and air conditioning is needed
  • In garages or outbuildings

How Efficient Are Ductless Systems?

Because there are no ducts involved with these systems, energy waste can be curbed as much as 30 percent compared to an average home with ducts. This is because most duct systems allow for significant heating and cooling loss through air leaks. Plus, the systems offer great energy efficiency ratings.

Is the Indoor Unit Big?

Interior aesthetics are important to homeowners, so questions about equipment are common. While there are a number of different interior air handler units, the units do have some size, but they’re not nearly as big as, say, a furnace sitting in your living room. Interior units come in a variety of finishes and are installed high on walls, so they can blend with your interiors. Some units are even set within the ceiling, so they really don’t detract from the look of the space at all.

How Much Do Ductless Systems Cost?

The cost of a ductless system depends on many things, such as how many indoor units need to be supported. The cost to install a ductless system across an entire home typically is far more than simply upgrading the central units if a home is already equipped with central HVAC. However, their efficiency cuts operating costs, generating savings over time.

A-1 Mechanical Answers Your Ductless Mini Split Questions

If you have more ductless mini split questions, our knowledgeable team is happy to provide you with answers. Let’s chat about our ductless heating and cooling options and if this system type may be right for your Grand Rapids area home – contact us today.

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Benefits of a Spring Air Conditioning Tune Up

April 6th, 2020
Air Conditioning Tune Up

Do you remember the last time your air conditioning unit received a tune up? If you can’t recall, then your AC is likely well overdue for maintenance.

For your air conditioning system to run efficiently, avoid breakdowns and operate past its useful life expectancy, it should be inspected by a technician once per year in the spring before you turn the system on for the first time.

At A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling, our NATE-certified technicians provide expert tune ups so your air conditioner unit is in tip-top shape and ready for the long summer ahead. Air conditioner inspection in the spring can go a long way in helping it last through the dog days of summer.

What Are the Benefits of a Spring AC Tune Up?

Spring is ideally the best time to have maintenance performed on your unit. However, if you didn’t schedule an inspection in the spring, it’s never too late to call your friends at A-1 Mechanical to perform the service.

The benefits of preventative AC maintenance include:

Improving Overall Performance

When professional maintenance is performed, a trained eye evaluates your unit and every component for existing malfunctions and issues that could cause poor performance. We resolve these issues early on and make necessary repairs before they become more serious and lead to expensive repairs. Once we’ve completed any repairs, your AC unit is less likely to break down over the summer months.

Increasing Energy Efficiency

Regular maintenance on your air conditioner unit improves its overall energy efficiency. A dirty air filter clogged with contaminants, for example, makes it difficult for the system to distribute air, which places it under more stress and causes potential breakdowns. This, in turn, leads to higher energy bills.

Extending Service Life

An air conditioning system typically lasts 10 to 12 years, but regularly maintained units tend to last much longer. Tuning up an air conditioner can go a long way in helping it run smoothly for years to come.

Protecting Your Warranty

Many manufacturers require annual maintenance on the system. If you fail to do so, the manufacturer can void your warranty, and you’d be on the hook for any expensive repairs or replacement.

What’s Included in an Air Conditioner Tune Up?

An HVAC technician performs several inspections on your AC unit. According to the pros at A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling and, the following tasks are performed during a routine tune up:

  • Check belts for wear
  • Lubricate motors and check all moving parts
  • Test for refrigerant leaks and check the right amount is being used
  • Seal ductwork leaks in central systems, if necessary
  • Check the thermostat’s accuracy
  • Measure the airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Clean and tighten all electrical connections and inspect electrical terminals
  • Replace the furnace air filter
  • Recommend any needed repairs
  • Clean the condenser coils

Maintenance Agreements for Air Conditioner Tune Ups

A-1 Mechanical’s preventive maintenance plans for air conditioners cover your system’s annual tune up to preserve efficiency and performance. You’ll also earn benefits that will save you money when it’s time to replace or repair the system. A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling offers two levels of air conditioning maintenance plans. Commercial air conditioning maintenance plans are also available. Contact us now to learn more.

Trust the Pros at A-1 Mechanical for All Your AC Needs

At A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling, we’ve served the greater Lansing, Michigan, community since 1983 and started servicing the Grand Rapids area market in 2006. More recently, we entered the Wyoming, Michigan market. Whether you’re in need of an AC tune up, repair or system replacement, you can trust the pros at A-1 Mechanical to get the job done right the first time. Contact A-1 Mechanical today!

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What Are the Benefits of an Air Purifier?

April 6th, 2020
Air Purifier

Most people love springtime because of warmer weather, increased daylight, blooming flowers and animal life. But for millions of Americans, spring also triggers the start of dreadful allergy season.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to escape these pesky allergens even from the comforts of your home. Allergens are just one of many contaminants that can wreak havoc on your home’s air quality – and your family’s health.

One of the best methods of improving your home’s air quality is through a whole house air cleaner. If you’re interested in eliminating allergens, pollutants and contaminants in your home for good, give the experts at A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling a call today to discuss indoor air quality solutions.

What Is a Whole Home Air Cleaner?

Whole house air purifiers work to eliminate contaminants before they get into the ductwork and into living areas. Many homeowners who suffer from asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues can benefit from having one. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, younger people, older adults and people with cardiovascular or respiratory disease spend more time indoors and could see health improvements from having an air purifier installed.

Air purifiers are sold as either stand-up units that can service a room or two, or larger, whole house units that can be affixed right into the HVAC system, mounted between the air handler and the return ductwork. These types of purifiers can service an entire home.

Common Pollutants Found in a Home

Whole home air purifiers improve indoor air quality by removing up to 99 percent of allergens and contaminants, including:

  • Pollen
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Dust Mites
  • Pet dander
  • Mold spores
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide
  • Lead
  • Asbestos

Benefits of a Whole Home Air Cleaner

Lansing and Grand Rapids area homes with allergy and asthma sufferers greatly benefit from the installation of whole home air purifiers. These systems use superior air filters to remove airborne contaminants as air flows through your HVAC system.

According to the EPA, it’s estimated that people spend about 90% of the time indoors, where air quality can be two to five worse than that outdoors.

Some of the benefits of a whole home air cleaner include:

Longer-Lasting HVAC System

Just like a typical furnace air filter, a whole home air purifier helps your HVAC system run more efficiently – thus extending its lifespan – by filtering out contaminants that cause it to work harder. Increased stress on the system leads to breakdowns and need for repairs.

Healthier Air

Obviously, the biggest benefit of an air purifier is cleaner, healthier air. Reducing germs, allergens and dust in your home will reduce health issues, including allergies and respiratory illness.

Contact A-1 Mechanical for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling is your trusted source for indoor air quality. A-1 Mechanical’s NATE-certified technicians pair you with the right whole home air purifier to address your specific concerns.

We have solutions for all of your indoor air quality needs, whether it be humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air cleaners or zoned systems to eliminate hot and cold spots around your home. For more information about our air purification solutions, please contact us today.

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Coronavirus: How A-1 Mechanical Continues to Serve You

March 24th, 2020

We, at A-1 Mechanical, pride ourselves on being part of the communities we serve. Our services are critical and to keep you safe we have implemented a ZERO CONTACT service call.

Community Involvement

In light of COVID-19, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the policies and procedures that A-1 Mechanical has in place to protect the health and safety of you, our customer, and our team.

Our policies and procedures:

  • We have added sanitizing stations in our trucks.
  • We have a safety kit for tech that include face masks, rubber gloves, shoe covers.
  • We have limited access to our facility to A-1 Mechanical personnel only.
  • We have discontinued all large gathering events for the next 30 days.

We encourage our team members, customers, and community to:

  • Dry hands with paper towels instead of cloth towels.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if sick or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with disposable tissues and then wash hands.
  • Closely monitor and adapt recommendations and guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Please know the wellness and safety of our team and customers continues to be our top priority. If you do have a service-related emergency, we encourage you to continue choosing A-1 Mechanical for your Heating and Air Conditioning needs. It is possible that this will impact our business in other unforeseen ways and we commit to doing our best to minimize the impact. We appreciate your loyalty and trust as a valued customer. We’re here to keep you comfortable.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Not Heating?

February 20th, 2020
Heat Pump

Is your heat pump not blowing hot air? This frustrating problem is common with heat pump owners, but it doesn’t always mean your system is damaged. Check out these common reasons that heat pumps may not produce hot air constantly and when to consult with a professional at A-1 Mechanical.

Common Reasons For Heat Pump Not Blowing Hot Air

If you notice that the heat coming out of your vents isn’t as warm as you would like it to be, go through this list before you worry. However, remember, any time you find your heat pump not blowing hot air, call a Lansing, MI heating repair contractor to have them troubleshoot the issue for you.

Air May Be Warm, But Not Feel Like It

When your heat pump produces warm air, the air blowing out of your vents will be somewhere in the 85 to 92°F range. However, this temperature pales in comparison with the air emanating from a gas furnace, which is typically between 130 to 140°F. If you are new to a heat pump system, keep in mind that the air coming from your vents will not feel as warm as the air stemming from a gas furnace, but heat pumps will warm your home to the desired temperature — if you give it time.

Heat Pump System Could Be In “Defrost” Mode

When the weather outdoors drops, condensation and frost accumulate on the outdoor components of your heat pump. To keep your system operational, it triggers a “defrost mode,” which runs every 30, 60 or 90 minutes, depending on the model of heat pump you have. When defrost mode runs, the air coming from your vents will feel cool. However, when defrost mode ends, the system will return to providing warm air.

Your Heat Pump Could Have A Refrigerant Leak

Your heat pump uses refrigerant to transfer any warmth from the air outside into your home. Unfortunately, if there is a leak in your line somewhere, it could inhibit your heat pump’s ability to provide this service, creating cold air from your vents.

Frozen Outdoor Components on Your Heat Pump

Occasionally, refrigerant leaks cause outdoor components to freeze, even after several defrost cycles. If this is the case, your heat pump system needs to be professionally addressed. You may see frost or ice buildup on your outdoor heat pump unit that does not seem to melt. The system is unable to work and blow hot air in this case.

Damaged Reversing Valve

Heat pumps are special because they heat your home during the winter and provide air conditioning to your home during summer. This process changes with the help of a reversing valve, which switches the direction of the refrigerant. However, if your reversing valve is damaged, your system may be stuck in air conditioning mode.

When Should You Call For A Heat Pump Repair?

It’s always a good idea to keep your fingers on the pulse of your HVAC system. Here at A-1 Mechanical, we recommend calling whenever you see there is an ongoing problem, or if there are new changes to your heat pump system that are creating heating and cooling problems.

Problems? A-1 Mechanical is Here to Help

Our team has been helping residents throughout the greater Lansing and Grand Rapids area since 1983s, and we are committed to taking care of the job the right way the first time. We offer residential and commercial heating and cooling service, helping people to stay safe and comfortable. For heat pump repair, schedule heating service today.

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What’s the Best Thermostat Setting for Winter?

February 20th, 2020

During the cold winter months, many of us wonder if the home is too cool or overly warm, especially if focused on saving money on heating. When you find yourself wondering what’s the best thermostat setting for the winter, understand the ideal settings and know when to break the rules. This information is essential to maximize your home comfort and energy savings.

What Temperature to Set My Thermostat in Winter?

During the winter, the recommended room temperature is 68°F when you are awake and at home. While this setting seems low at first, your body acclimates to this lower temperature over time, and it does feel comfortable.

Many people choose to program their Grand Rapids thermostats for the ideal temperature of 68°F when they are home during the day, and then move the settings up on the weekends when they will be relaxing. Others choose to find more warmth elsewhere, such as an extra sweater when doing chores around the house or a thicker bedspread for the winter months.

Best Times to Set Back the Thermostat

A properly set thermostat certainly helps reduce your home heating expenses. When you move those settings down even lower, savings dramatically increase. The Department of Energy reports that you save up to 10% a year on energy when you set your thermostat down no more than 8°F for eight hours a day. Here are a few great times you can save with an energy-efficient temperature setting for winter:


Consider lowering your thermostat at night. In addition to a reduction in heating costs, set your thermostat as low as 60°F for ideal sleep, as it helps you to get some much needed rest. If you find this setback to be a little chilly, add an extra blanket to your bed or use a thicker comforter and see if you are comfortable this way before you increase the temperature.


When you exercise, you become warmer naturally, which means you are able to turn down the heat. If you have a long day of chores planned, turn down your thermostat setting for winter savings and keep your body comfortable while you labor through the day.


While it’s not wise to turn your heat completely off during much of the winter season, lowering the interior temperature to 55°F while you are away will save energy for this period. Use your programmable thermostat’s hold or vacation feature to temporarily override temperature schedules to use the best thermostat setting for winter vacations. Always program low settings on second homes or vacation properties.

How To Keep Cold Air Out

Prevent low indoor temperatures when you take measures to keep the cold air out of your home. Seal any cracks or holes around the exterior of your home, including spots around cables and air vents. Apply weather stripping on doors, and check windows for leaks. Keep doors closed as much as possible and encourage family members and guests to either visit in the entryway with the door closed or on the porch with the door closed.

Let A-1 Mechanical Answer Your Thermostat Setting Questions

Setting your thermostat for winter does not have to be tricky – we are here to help. At A-1 Mechanical, we want you to know that we are always here to assist you, whether you need a new thermostat or an entirely new furnace. Contact us today to learn more about thermostat upgrades for your home.

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How Long Does a Furnace Last?

February 5th, 2020

Several Factors Determine a Furnace’s Lifespan


The lifespan of your furnace depends on a few different factors. While different types of furnaces have an average expected service life, furnace usage and maintenance have a great impact on the amount of life you actually receive from your equipment.

It’s important that you know how long furnaces last so you have the opportunity to prepare for replacement without being left in the cold. In addition to maintenance that helps your furnace live longer, know the signs that tell you replacement is on the horizon.

How Long Do Furnaces Typically Last?

The two most common types of furnaces found in Grand Rapids area homes are a gas furnace and electric furnace. A furnace’s longevity depends on the type of furnace you own.

  • A gas furnace on average lasts between 15 and 20 years.
  • An electric furnace lasts between 20 and 30 years.

Electric furnaces usually last longer than gas furnace models because their design is much simpler. No combustion takes place, and electric heating technology is pretty straightforward. Electric furnace installation in Grand Rapids is often cheaper to install than their gas counterparts, but their drawback is they can cost more to operate, which eliminates the savings.

Extending Furnace Life

If you want to extend the life of your furnace, the most important factor is maintenance. We discuss this factor so you can see how good practices extend the life of your furnace, while neglect is likely to cut years off the furnace’s service life.

Furnace maintenance is highly recommended on an annual basis. Professional maintenance works to improve furnace performance and efficiency by eliminating wear and tear as well as other normal use issues that build up over a heating season.

A well-maintained furnace uses less energy and is less likely to break down or sustain damage, which keeps it in service longer. Well-maintained furnaces often live well beyond their expected useful service life.

On the other hand, neglecting furnace maintenance is a good way to ensure early furnace replacement.

When to Replace a Furnace

It’s always better to replace your furnace before it breaks down for good. No one wants to be left without heat in the winter! How do you know when it’s time? Look for the following signs:

  • Your furnace is at or beyond its expected average service life.
  • Your heating bills are higher without a clear cause.
  • Your home isn’t staying as warm and comfortable as it used to.
  • Your furnace needs frequent and/or expensive repairs.

Furnace Installation from A-1 Mechanical

If you are approaching your furnace’s average service life, it is time to investigate your options for replacement. Our skilled heating technicians help you compare new furnaces and select the best choice for your household and budget. We perform skilled installation so your new furnace offers the performance and efficiency you expect.

Call A-1 Mechanical today to learn more about furnace installation and new heating equipment.

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Maintenance for Gas Furnace Burners

February 5th, 2020

How a Gas Furnace Builder Works

Gas Furnace Burners

An important component of gas furnaces is the burner – your furnace may have one, or multiple. The burner is the component where gas mixes with air then is burned to create heat. Gas furnace burners need to be cleaned as part of regular furnace maintenance, but we don’t recommend for homeowners to do this themselves. Instead, rely on an experienced HVAC technician who knows what they’re doing to safely clean the burner.

The Problem with Plugged Furnace Burners

Over time, it is possible for the burners in your furnace to become plugged. When they do, heat output is reduced, and your furnace struggles to keep your home warm. Your furnace may also experience difficulty starting up when it’s time to run a heating cycle.

Dirt from the air and rust that develops on metal components build up within a gas furnace’s burners. This buildup blocks the gas piping that delivers fuel to the burners. Clogs in the burners are common at the beginning of heating season or any other long period of no use, such as when you move into a home that has not been occupied in quite some time.

Because this buildup impacts the furnace’s heating performance, it is important to have your burners cleaned annually. Clean burners offer better heating performance and efficiency for a more comfortable home.

When to Clean Gas Furnace Burners

There are several steps an HVAC technician will take when cleaning gas furnace burners to eliminate clogs and buildup.

Safety is always the first priority when cleaning gas furnace burners. Our HVAC technicians will shut off electrical power to your furnace at the home’s main electrical panel and find the gas supply line that runs into your furnace and close the valve.

They’ll then remove the metal panel on the furnace’s exterior to access combustion equipment and set it aside. A technician will carefully remove the burners from the furnace and use a vacuum attachment with a soft-bristled brush to clean off debris from the surface of the burners.

The technician will use compressed air to blow out any debris that is stuck inside the burners before turning them upside down and tapping their sides to dislodge unreachable debris within. We’ll replace the clean burners back onto their assemblies and clip into place.

The final step is taking a clean, damp rag and wiping down the interior of the burner compartment.

Rely on a Certified Technician for Burner Cleaning

If you notice poor performance from your furnace throughout the heating season, it’s wise to have an experienced HVAC technician check the burners to see if the issue is caused by a clog in this component.

It is always wise to contact your HVAC company to complete a job such as this. Your technician investigates the burners and safely cleans them to eliminate clogs causing poor performance.

Call A-1 Mechanical for Furnace Help Today

Whether you suspect dirty burners or another issue, don’t suffer a day longer with poor heating performance. Call A-1 Mechanical today for expert furnace maintenance and repair.

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Do I Have Animals in My HVAC System?

November 26th, 2019
HVAC System

When outdoor temperatures start to drop in the fall, Grand Rapids area homeowners sometimes face a unique issue: animals in HVAC system equipment. Animals and pests that infiltrate your heating and cooling systems have the potential to cause great damage, so you want to take measures that keep them out. A-1 Mechanical shares how to spot animals in HVAC system equipment and how to prevent this pest problem.

Why Animals Enter HVAC Systems

It’s no secret that fall is chilly in our area – the animals outside feel this temperature change, too! When the days become shorter and colder, they begin to look for shelter and warmth. Unfortunately for homeowners, HVAC systems are often an attractive refuge for Michigan critters such as:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Chipmunks
  • Cats
  • Opossums
  • Raccoons

Animals in HVAC system equipment get inside either by causing damage to create an entrance, or they enter through existing openings. They also cause significant damage while inside your system components, chewing wires, leaving droppings, and more. Animal damage often requires significant furnace repairs. With pests inside your heating and cooling system, especially if they are able to enter the duct system, you are likely to experience foul odors inside the home and may be exposed to diseases carried by these animals.

After an animal infestation in your HVAC system, you want to have your ducts and other equipment cleaned to remove droppings and debris left behind. Have your HVAC system thoroughly inspected by a professional to identify component damage and ensure repairs are made to avoid further problems with your heating and cooling equipment.

How to Tell if You Have Animals in HVAC System Equipment

Fortunately for Grand Rapids homeowners, animals in HVAC system equipment give off noticeable signs. If you have animals in your heating and cooling system, you are likely to notice:

  • Foul odors from the animal’s nest, droppings, or even a dead animal.
  • Noises as the animals move around in your system, coming from ceilings, walls, and below the floor where your ductwork runs.
  • Holes that allow entry – flexible ductwork is especially prone to chewing and clawing from animals, but pests also make their way into your system through holes along the foundation of your home.

Prevent Animals from Entering Your HVAC System

The best way to prevent an issue with animals in HVAC system equipment is to take action before they get in. This fall, take the following steps to prevent a cold weather animal infestation:

  • Look around your home for points of entry. If you identify holes along your foundation, seal them up.
  • Examine visible ducts in areas like your crawl space, attic, and basement. If there are any gaps, holes, or disconnected sections, an animal is able to enter. Repair these duct issues right away.
  • Check your dryer exhaust vent. While animals won’t necessarily enter into your HVAC system this way, it’s another common point that animals use to enter homes. Make sure your exhaust vent cover is secured.

HVAC Help from A-1 Mechanical

If you experience animals in your HVAC system this fall season, call A-1 Mechanical for help. Our licensed HVAC technicians repair the damage caused by the infestation and help prevent further animal problems at your home. Contact us today to schedule service.

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