Don’t Let The Stink Bugs Stink Up Your Summer!

May 15th, 2012

Are you a property manager or operation manager that just tested your air conditioning unit and realized it isn’t operating the way it should? If yes, stink bugs could be the problem lurking in your AC unit. Read now to learn how to keep your AC operating properly while keeping the stink bugs away.

About The Problems Stink Bugs Can Cause Your AC Unit

During the winter, stink bugs seek out warmth. They often find this warmth by climbing inside outdoor packaged AC units or AC condensing units. Stink bugs get warmth from the heat that radiates from your heat pumps. If an air conditioner is not running during the winter, no power is going to the contactor.  That means no electricity to the outdoor components or the heat that comes with it.  A heat pump runs all year round and will have a heat load in the outdoor components during the winter. Once the stick bugs get inside the unit, they warm up from the relays and go inside the contactor.

As warm weather seasons of Spring and Summer approach, the thermostat will tell your AC unit to turn on, the contactor turns on and closes to make a connection. If a stick bug happens to get stuck in the middle of the contractor, it will squish inside the contactor.

This will make complication with your AC because there will no longer be a solid connection within the contactor. Mechanical problems and higher amp draws will result because the system will try its hardest to start trying to pull more. This higher amp draw will inevitably cause damage to your HVAC unit internal components.

Stink bugs can hid in the coils in-between the aluminum fins. And this will limit the amount of airflow that can pass through the coil, raise energy costs and lowering the efficiency of the HVAC unit.

Other ways stink bugs can get into the AC unit is through the thermostats in buildings. The easiest ones to get through are digital thermostats because stink bugs are attracted to LCD screens.

How To Keep Stink Bugs Out Your AC Units

If you are a property manager or operation manager looking to resolve your stink of a problem, Crockett Facilities Services is here to help alleviate the problems of stink bugs with regular preventive maintenance.

One of the maintenance checks we will conduct is looking at the contactors, relays and other components within the unit that have not been infest or comprised by stinkbugs, insects or rodents.

When your AC units have regular preventive maintenance, it reduces equipment downtime and can avoid costly equipment replacement such as an entire HVAC unit.

Don’t let stick bugs end up in flues, exhaust fans, or any squeezable space in your AC unit. Get help today.

About Crockett Facilities Services, Inc.

Crockett Facilities Services, Inc. (CFSI), a woman-owned, MDOT MBE contractor, delivers building operations and maintenance, mechanical contracting, heating and air conditioning services to commercial and government clients. CFSI’s CFSIMechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) STAR and GreenSTAR certified technicians maximize operational efficiency and ensure continuous systems operations, helping building owners and property managers control capital expenditures and reduce energy consumption. CFSI President Cynthia Crockett recently received the 2012 Minority Business Leader Award from the Washington Business Journal and was named a Smart100 member by Baltimore SmartCEO magazine in 2011. Listed as a top 10 mechanical contractor in the Washington Business Journal and certified by WBENC and MD/DC MSDC, CFSI’s awards include the Blue Ribbon, Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Contractor of the Year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service.

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