While modern, energy-efficient HVAC systems are designed to withstand severe weather conditions, they’re not completely immune to damage caused by storms, including high-speed winds and flying debris. In order to avoid unexpected component failure and other weather-related problems, you should be aware of four common indicators that your HVAC system has been affected by a storm.
It’s making weird noises. During a storm, powerful winds can push loose debris into your outdoor HVAC unit. You may hear buzzing, rattling or screeching noises due to stones or twigs being circulated around by the fans. This can put a strain on your air conditioner’s moving parts, so make sure to call a technician to clean out your unit should you hear such noises.
It isn’t powering back on. Your HVAC system may also suffer damage from a power surge during a storm. The circuit breaker will protect your cooling unit, and all you’ll need to do is reset it. If the system doesn’t start back up, then scheduling an air conditioning repair may be necessary.
Water is pooling around the unit. While your air conditioner’s outdoor unit is water-resistant, it shouldn’t be submerged in water for any length of time. If you see water pooling around your unit, turn it off at the circuit breaker in order to prevent an electric shock.
The cool air is insufficient. If your air conditioner isn’t blowing out as much cool air as it normally does, the refrigerant lines may have sustained wind-related damage. If this is the case, what you’ll need to do is turn off the HVAC system and let a specialist repair the problem.
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