got my first A/C call of the year, and what would it be if it didn't include a mouse in the unit:
Pic 1 and 2 show the mouse fried when it touched the capacitor. Pic 3, although it didn't come out well, shows how they even pick the insulation out of the compressor insulation cover.
It is very common to see this where I am (southeastern Connecticut.) They nest in the electrical compartments over the winter, and I have seen it where the entire electrical copartment is one big mouse nest, with leaves, insulation, and whatever else you can imagine, just PACKED in there, along with all of the mouse sh*t and whatever diseases that these nasty creatures carry.
I have been on no cool calls to open up the panel and see that the mice have chewed up every wire in the unit and the whole thing needed all the wiring replaced. And, even though it may seem very odd, they seem to favor YELLOW wires to chew on........I have been in lots of units for whatever reason, only the yellow wires were chewed up.......why, don't ask me.
Whenever I see that they have eaten the compressor insulator cover, I just remove it completely, because I have found that when I order a new one and install it, I can come back a year later and you would never know it was new, because the mice have already did their number on it, not to mention all the sh*t they leave inside the unit from living there all winter.
Stay tuned, as there will be more encounters to come, of these NASTY MICE!