Cottonwood Seeds and the damage it can cause to your Air Conditioner Unit

Cottonwood Seeds and the damage it can cause to your Air Conditioner
Cottonwood Seeds and the damage it can cause to your Air Conditioner Unit
Cottonwood Seeds and the damage it can cause to your Air Conditioner Unit
What are cottonwood seeds?
Cottonwood Tree - Spring Season
Cottonwood seeds are white and fluffy seeds that grow on cottonwood trees found in the eastern, central, and southwestern states of the US.
Cottonwood Seeds - Shedding Season
During the late spring to early summer season, cottonwood seeds fall and drift off the tree. These fluffy cotton like seeds can float in the air for many miles and blanket driveways, patios, lawns, gutters, and especially, air conditioning units. In some areas, the mass gathering of the fallen cottonwood seeds almost resemble snow.
Cottonwood Seeds - Shedding Season
How do cottonwood seeds affect your air conditioner unit?
Air Conditioner Unit
Air Conditioner Unit
During the shedding season, cottonwood seeds can rapidly accumulate on residential air conditioner units and commercial rooftop HVAC units. These light and fluffy seeds can eventually be sucked into ac condenser coils, compressors, air handlers, and other ac unit parts. This build up can lead to serious clogging issues and cause a massive restriction of airflow and loss of efficiency.
The standard exterior air conditioner condenser unit operates by pulling in air into the center part of the unit and then pushing it back out the top. In the case that a significant amount of cottonwood seeds are also being pulled into the condenser unit, the air flow is slowed down and blocks the heated air from being pushed out. Thus, resulting in the restriction of the cooling capacity and causing the ac condenser to work much harder and less energy efficient.

The long term impact of cottonwood seeds clogging an air conditioner unit can also cause other major HVAC mechanical issues and unnecessary expensive repair costs such as an over-heated compressor and complete system breakdown.
How to remove cottonwood seeds and clean your air conditioner?
Depending on the condition and type (residential or commercial) of your air conditioner unit, you can either complete some minor air conditioning preventive maintenance or schedule commercial HVAC service and repair.

If you have a residential air conditioner unit, simple maintenance and removal of cottonwood seeds can done by following the below steps:

  • Locate your exterior Air Conditioner Unit and Shut Off Power
  • Find the AC breaker outside switch, usually located under a flip-up lid near the condenser unit
  • Open lid and turn the switch to off.
  • Use garden hose (not power washer) and sprayer attachment
  • Spray water lightly, at a slight angle (top to bottom), across exterior (sides) condenser coils and on top across fan blades. Make sure that debris and cottonwood are falling away from the unit.
  • Let unit dry and turn AC breaker switch back to On
  • Run unit and check system performance
  • If system isn’t running efficient, we recommend that you contact a local certified HVAC repair specialist

For commercial air conditioning units, and rooftop ac units, we recommend you contact a professional HVAC service maintenance and repair company.

ICC Mechanical Services offers maintenance plans that can save energy, extend equipment life, and prevent costly breakdowns.

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    Cold Storage Vault Room & Warehouse Facts
    Cold Storage Vault Room & Warehouse Facts
    What is a Cold Storage Vault Room or Warehouse?
    Cold storage vault rooms or warehouses are commercial building facilities used for storing fresh or frozen perishable products. Some other common names for cold storage are cold room, frozen storage, chilled storage, chiller room, blast freezer, refrigerated storage, and refrigerated containers. The building or space dedicated to cold storage refrigeration is restricted to certain temperatures and environmental controlled conditions. As a result, the quality of the stored product stays consistent throughout the time in cold storage. Lastly, these types of rooms and warehouses require regular cold storage maintenance
    and cold storage service to ensure that the proper temperature and heat exchange are always kept.
    How does Cold Storage work?
    Cold storage works by storing perishable products in a dedicated constructed room or warehouse at a set temperature. Typically, cold storage units are also equipped with an adjustable efficient temperature control and monitoring system to ensure a consistent and regulated temperature within the unit. In return, storing the perishable products in a cold storage chiller will prevent spoilage and prolong the life span of the products. On the other hand, storing perishable products, such as fruits and vegetables, at room temperature or in a warm environment, can easily spoil and rot the product in a short period of time.
    What should be stored in a Cold Storage Vault Room or Warehouse?
    Some of the most common fresh or frozen perishable items stored in a cold storage room or warehouse are fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, fish, seafood, plants, flowers, wine, beer, pharmaceutical products, and even art work.
    How can a Cold Storage Vault Room or Warehouse benefit your business?
    Custom cold storage vault rooms, warehouses, or units can benefit your business by providing a dedicated temperature controlled space to store your perishable products and prevent any unnecessary spoilage. Custom cold storage chillers can free up commercial building space by using the dedicated space to efficiently store and organize your perishable products. Lastly, an efficient cold storage unit can lower cooling costs by using less energy while safely storing the perishable products at an ideal temperature.

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