What to Do If an Animal Is Stuck in My Air Conditioner

Animal Trapped in AC Unit, How to Remove It

Many times, wild animals, such as birds or even squirrels, enter your home in order to avoid the summer heat or stormy weather outside, and they end up becoming trapped inside. When a small animal becomes stuck, it most likely entered your home through one of the various vents or ducts of your HVAC system. You do not want the animal to die inside your home due to the odor and potential harmful diseases or bacteria. To remove the animal and avoid a similar incident in the future, follow the tips below:

Turn Off Your Air Conditioner

The last thing you want is for your AC to turn on and turn your squirrel or other animal into a crispy critter. Dead animals can be very unpleasant to clean out and also remove safely.

Contact a Professional HVAC Technician

You’ll need to contact a wildlife or pest control professional in order to determine the best way possible to remove the animal without it biting anyone or getting loose in your home. It can be very dangerous to try to remove the animal yourself without any expert technique or equipment. You also don’t want the animal to get hurt if it still has a chance at living.

In Need of AC Service? Schedule an Appointment online or call (888) 572-7245.


To remove the animal, you can also easily set traps around your home. You can set live traps near the vents in order to let the animal leave the ductwork and be captured humanely and removed alive from your home.

How to Prevent Animals From Getting Stuck in Your Air Conditioning System

Removing any animal from your home is not an experience you’d like to repeat more than once. Locate any easy animal entry points into your home, such as open vents, and cover them with a hardware cloth or metal grate that will prevent any re-entry into your home. You may also want to re-consider the trees surrounding the home. Try cutting any branches that are in close proximity to the house.

Contact Climate Design to Remove Dead or Stuck Animals From Your Air Vent

If you’re experiencing a problem with your AC and aren’t sure what to do, call Climate Design today.