Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings
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Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.


Designing Heating and Cooling Systems in Large Buildings

Is Your Dog Peeing On Your Air Conditioner? Know The Signs And What To Do About It

Nicole Jacobs

It seems like dog pee is damaging to almost everything. It ruins lawns and flooring, upholstery and bedding. It should come at no surprise then that your dog's pee can also ruin your air conditioner condenser. Dogs prefer to pick one spot on the lawn and do their duty there--and if that spot is on or near your air conditioner condenser, you could be facing hundreds or thousands of dollars in air conditioning repair in just a few short years. Knowing how to recognize the signs of damage from dog urine on your condenser, and what to do about the problem, will help you avoid early replacement of the unit. 

Signs of Trouble

If you're paying attention to the dog and your air conditioner condenser, you should be able to catch the problem before it becomes a big issue. The signs of trouble include: 

  • Odor. Sticky dog urine inside the condenser will begin to collect on the coils and fins. Over time, the gunk will build up and collect a layer of dust and debris. As the gunk builds, you'll begin to notice a particular smell every time you're around the air conditioner condenser. That smell isn't in your imagination--it's dog pee. 
  • Corrosion. With a pH of about 6 or 6.5, dog urine is slightly acidic. Over time, this can cause corrosion and rust in your condenser. 
  • Suspicious behavior. You'll see the dog hanging out a lot by the condenser--either going toward it or walking away from it. You may even see your dog lifting a leg around the unit. 

Stop the Behavior

Once you've determined that your dog is slowly destroying your air conditioner, your first course of action will be to stop the behavior. Some effective solutions to this problem include:

  • Erect a barrier between your dog and the condenser. For these purposes, a picket fence or a wall will work. If you choose to do this, don't forget that your air conditioner condenser needs at least 2 feet of space between the unit and all surrounding structures in order to get adequate air flow. 
  • Tether your dog in the yard when you send him out to pee. This will allow you to give your dog enough room to play in the yard, but not enough to reach the condenser.
  • Train your dog to stay away from the condenser. To do this effectively, you may need help from a professional dog trainer. 

Have Your Condenser Professionally Serviced

Once you've stopped the dog from reaching the air conditioner, have an AC repair professional from a company like R & B Heating & Air Conditioning look at your unit. He or she can clean the condenser and make recommendations for necessary repairs. Doing this will ensure that your air conditioner is in proper working condition.