Rainy weather causing pests to seek shelter in A/C units

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Summer storms are causing an unexpected air conditioning problem for some area families.

Over the past week, technicians with Pearson Plumbing, Heating, and Pest Control say they are finding extra pests in air conditioner units. They say the rainy weather is driving the critters to find shelter, but comfort for them could create more problems for us.

"Rodents, mice, chipmunks they like to get inside the units and build nests and when they do that a lot of times the younger ones if they have babies in there, they will start chewing on the wires and it will short out a unit," says HVAC Technician Keith Anderson.

Anderson says if our units short out, we could be spending anywhere from $3,000-$5,000 on a new unit.