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toasted mouse and no heat issue

lee_7 Member Posts: 458
All the time, especially if house is in the woods. Also find snakes across terminals. The animals love condensors with crank case heater, it's somewhere warm in the middle of winter.


  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,676
    crispy or rare?

    Any air heads out there have to deal with this often?

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  • keith_27
    keith_27 Member Posts: 64

    Never had a mouse problem, but have found chipmonks living in units. Had mouse problems this fall in the garage, seven of those little buggers !!!
  • big willy
    big willy Member Posts: 92
    They love to

    chew thermastat wire. I found one that chewed through the preshure switch tubing on a york condensing furnace and died when it chewed the power wire. Also found a mouse behind a controll board for a carrier furnace it got chocked and died between the board and the bracket behind it. They are a big problem in the winter.
  • bob_46
    bob_46 Member Posts: 813
    Found one in

    an oil burner once. I kept picturing myself as a mouse in an oil burner when it kicked on! If you go one way your in the fan, the other you get fried, and if you ain't real kool you get electric-cuted. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.
  • lee_7
    lee_7 Member Posts: 458

    found one in a furnace blower wheel. I got a call about a noise from furnace. Got there, took blower out and found the little guy pushed almost completely thru blower wheel. He came out in 5 pieces. Poor little guy just could not run fast enough. Just imagine being on that amusement park ride that spins and sucks on to the wall, but the wall is little knives. ouch.
  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,576

    our [nebraska] mice are dark brown--this one looks to have come from a mixed background --maybe escaped from a lab?
    i have had problems with our squirrels jumping onto the terminals on the top of the power transformer on the feed pole to our house--there is a big bang as the fuse blows and then a fried corpse on the ground.one of the reasons i need a battery backup to run my system during these outages.--nbc
  • Derheatmeister
    Derheatmeister Member Posts: 1,514

    BMW had problems with Mice eating on the Ignition(Spark plug wires) in the 80's. I know this Because i had a 320. something in the wire must have tasted good to them.There was a retro wire kit that had been formulated that the mice did not eat on it anymore!
  • Yup,

    quite a few times over the years. I use a little decon here and there in the unit (where it won't get wet) to keep them at bay. Same thing with my old Plymouth. There's a box of Decon stuck under the hood right now cause the little buggers were making their nest in my air cleaner. I was WONDERING why it wasn't running so good. It had mouse-itis ;)
  • Tony_23
    Tony_23 Member Posts: 1,033

    Mice, squirrels, chipmonks, birds of all sorts (including goshawks !), snakes, woodchucks, cats, frogs, rats, hamsters and even a dog that chewed a spill switch wire once.

    Animals make me about a grand a year :)

    You can prevent some of it, but not all.
  • Paul Fredricks_3
    Paul Fredricks_3 Member Posts: 1,557

    I had a customer years ago that had an old condensing unit out in the woods. The unit had dual squirrel cages on it. When we started it up, 3 mice came flying out the front as the fan came up to speed.

    Here's another interesting picture someone posted a while back.
  • Mitch_4
    Mitch_4 Member Posts: 955
    Not fast enough?

    Of course not the speed is set for squirrels, not mice. That is why it's called a squirrel cage.

    Bada boom!
  • Bill W@Honeywell
    Bill W@Honeywell Member Posts: 164
    Ants, too...

    Had a bunch of ants that colonized the AC compressor contactor, packed it full of sand that hardened to cement-like rock. Needless to say, it didn't work very well, and had to be replaced. Also, mice had buit a nice insulation nest next to the crankcase heater, and there bore their young. Nice mess to remove, too.

    The best "critter" story I remember on this site was Steve Ebel's (?) raccoon story. That ringed tail sticking jauntily out of the smokepipe was a classic.
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    poor little mouse person :(

    All life is precious in God's eyes, he was probably just trying to help...he just don't know how to do it like you.

    my cat used to practise acupuncture on me every day:) she died two summers ago . when i got home she was laying sprawled out like a little lion ,majesty over all she purveyed... soaking in the brilliant sunlight on the green wild weed grass...

  • tciviletto
    tciviletto Member Posts: 5
    inducer fried squirrel...

    legs stuck in inducer fan--i did get it out in 1 piece--barely!!!!
  • tciviletto
    tciviletto Member Posts: 5
    that picture of the squirrel--

    exactly like one i pulled out---ever pull dead something out of a trap--i couldnt eat for 2 days!
  • Darin Cook_5
    Darin Cook_5 Member Posts: 298
    They could not run fast enough

    When we were over in the desert, a couple of my guys had to move a environmental control unit ( mobile air handler). We move them with Bobcats that have forks. This was out by a hardened aircraft shelter or HAS. This place had been blown open during the first gulf war and was full of pidgeons. Well you know what likes to catch and eat those pidgeons, desert vipers. When the guys lifted up the ECU, the door popped open and out comes slithering this 6' long poisonous snake. Yikes!! Thank god that the door opened out in the desert. If one of us had opened it up back in our shop, chances are one of us would of gotten struck. Keep in mind that if you don't know what kind of snake bites you, you don't know what kind of anti-venim to use. That tends to ruin someones day!


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  • Bruce M
    Bruce M Member Posts: 166

    If I had a dime for every one of the times I found a mouse in an outdoor unit that had decided to Ride The Lightning, I would have a WHOLE BUNCH OF DIMES!

    In Alaska, the lemmings commit mass suicide by running into a river and drowning.(Or being eaten by HUGE rainbow trout)

    In the lower 48, mice do the same with electricity.

    It may have something to do with comets.

    Mark H
  • Critter pic

    A friend of mine sent me this photo.

    I don't know who took it, but it should win some kind of award.

    Ed Carey
  • Bruce M
    Bruce M Member Posts: 166
    Now that

    is a cool pic!

    Mark H
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