I would guess that about 5 out of every 200 a/c service calls are caused by bugs. Sounds crazy right? How could a little bug hurt your big air conditioner? Well, in short, it can cause damage to your system, and do so very easily.
Bugs and Your A/C
It happens at the beginning of the cooling season when you first turn on your air conditioner. Over the winter, box elder bugs and those lady bug look a likes, camp out in the contactor of your air conditioning unit. If they happen to be in-between the contacts when the contactors energizes they get squished. The contactor is rendered useless and next of kin to the bugs are notified. There are times when the contactor isn’t ruined by the bug but those are few and far between. Most of the time when a bug gets in a contactor, the contactor is shot.
How Bugs Destroy Your Contactor
Why does the contactor go bad? This is a simple question and here is the simple answer. The contacts can’t close completely with bug parts in them. This failure to close all the way causes the contacts to arch and burn up. At this point you will need to call Four Seasons for an emergency repair. However, there is a way to prevent this problem from ever happening in the first place!
A/C Tune-Ups and Bug Killer
The simple cure to your bug problem is bug killer and a spring time maintenance check from Four Seasons. Simply sprinkle bug killer around your air conditioner condenser and schedule a cleaning with Four Seasons before you start up your unit. This will help prevent bugs from setting up their home in your contactor, and it will remove any bugs from the contactor before you start up the system and burn out the part. Save yourself some money this year, and call Four Seasons today. You may not believe it now, but when it happens to your air conditioner, you will wish you had called Four Seasons sooner!