Things That Can Damage Your Air Conditioning Unit

Things That Can Damage Your Air Conditioning Unit

Posted by Richard Holland on 20 October 2020 16:45:39 BST

Things That Can Damage Your Air Conditioning Unit

Air conditioning units used to be considered as a luxury commodity to many spaces, nowadays they’re an easily recognisable and a common feature in public settings. They work to keep settings heated and cool and can be expensive to install and maintain.

This blog focuses on those little things that can damage your air conditioning unit so you’re consciously aware to avoid these causes.

Read on to find out more…



Within public settings, damage and vandalism can occur as many walks of life enter these buildings. General wear and tear occur quicker in public settings as many individuals are passing past air the units daily.

When vandalism occurs and the air conditioning unit starts to become weaker, sharp pieces are more prone to be mishandled and used as weapons to injure others.

When this happens, your air conditioning units can become dangerous and could cause serious harm to individuals.

To avoid this from occurring, look for an air conditioning guard that’s made to be robust with strong material and opportunities to add strengthening properties if your specific needs require it.



If your unit has been positioned where it’s in the way of falling objects, spillages or blocking passages – damages can occur.

When your guard is positioned in a place where many people walk past it or where the door hits, you’ll see destruction in your units quickly take place.

This will encourage damage because everyday people will knock or hit it whilst they walk past.

Even if you opt for an air conditioning guard that is made to last, it’s important to consider your positioning of the unit to avoid the reparations that can occur.


Spillages Or Items Getting Trapped

When spillages occur or items get trapped in your air conditioning unit, it can limit the amount of airflow you receive as well as, damage the parts inside.

It’s essential to consider where your unit is positioned and how easy it is to wipe down to minimise the risk.

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Dirt In Filters

Filters in an air conditioning unit are responsible for filtering the dust particles that are found inside. When dirt is built, it will ultimately affect the system when cooling and heating.

When this dirt clogs it can cause serious damage and can be expensive to repair.


Poor Maintenance

Thorough maintenance is essential to elongate the life span of your unit. If you have a standard air conditioning cover you may require some additional help to get into the unit for cleaning and maintenance.

For cleanliness and maintenance of dirt and dust, search for an air conditioning guard that provides easy access to optimise hygiene.

With this, you can ensure your unit is clean and maintained regularly to avoid the possibility of replacing your unit every so often.


These are a few things that you should be made consciously aware of to avoid having to replace your damaged air conditioning units regularly.

An air conditioning guard can be extremely handy to elongate the lifespan and protect your air conditioning unit.

At Contour, we work with you to decide the best bespoke guard for your needs, whether this is wall/ floor mounted or a flat panel.

For protection, Contour air conditioning guards are made in Zintec protected steel in various gauges from 1.5mm-2mm to offer a strong guard to shield your units.

If your environment is a mental health unit or any other public space where extra strength may be needed, Contour can provide a strengthening strut to provide the front of the cover additional depth.

For anti-ligature features, Contour’s guards are made to be anti-ligature with safe edges and IP3x grilles to reduce injuries.

To ensure peace of mind, all guards are protected with a 5-year warranty against defects in workmanship and materials for 5 years from the purchase date.

Our air conditioning guards can provide you with a robust, hygienic solution to protect your air conditioning units. These units allow for a 23% open area for airflow with the IP3x grille and the standard grilles have a higher open air flow.

However, to avoid air loss, it’s recommended that plenum is built once the air conditioning guard has been supplied.

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About Us

Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions.

Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators.  BioCote® additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%. Contour combines an extensive range of colour-paints is with BioCote® for a durable, high-quality finish.

Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance.  Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments.  Contour is redefining the marketplace and therefore many regards us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.

Contour has a quality-first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.

Contact us at:

The Mansions, 43 Broadway Shifnal

Shropshire TF11 8BB United Kingdom

+44 1952 290 498

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Topics: Air Conditioning Guard