Every time hurricane season arrives, homeowners take extra protective measures by putting up shutters to protect their homes and ensure the safety of their families. One thing that also needs to be included on the list is keeping an eye on the HVAC system. Since storms bring heat and humidity, you may want to let your air conditioning unit continue running. However, even though modern air conditioning units can often withstand extreme weather conditions, they’re not immune to storm damage. 

Storm-Damaged Air Conditioning Unit

In this post, AC & Refrigeration Works shares signs your air conditioning unit may have been damaged after a storm. 

Physical damage. A severe storm can not only cause physical damage to your residential property, but to your air conditioning system as well. Be sure to check your outdoor unit for any signs of damaged condenser coils or disconnected electrical wiring. If you find mud and debris around your unit, water may have found its way inside. Debris may have also built up along the unit’s cooling fins, preventing heat transfer and affecting airflow. 

A burning odor. A power surge, which isn’t an uncommon occurrence during a heavy storm, can fry your unit’s capacitor, burn wires and fuses, cause damage to your AC compressor and overheat the electrical motor. In the event you notice the smell of burning plastic coming from within the unit, turn it off and call a professional air conditioning repair technician as soon as possible.

Strange noises. Hurricanes can also result in loose debris entering your outdoor AC unit. As such, you may hear rattling or buzzing sounds, which could mean that small twigs or other storm debris have gotten stuck inside. If you hear any strange noises coming from your unit, call in your technician to clear the debris and ensure that no serious damage has occurred. If the issue isn’t addressed immediately, you may experience overheating issues and even system failure. 

Pooling water. It’s important to note that the outdoor unit of your air conditioner shouldn’t be submerged in water for any period of time. During a storm, keep an eye out for any signs of water collecting around your outdoor unit. If you see pooling water, turn off your circuit breaker to avoid damaging the unit’s moving parts and electrical components. After the storm has passed and the pooling water has subsided or been removed, call your HVAC technician immediately. 

For quality HVAC and  indoor air quality solutions, turn to AC & Refrigeration Works. Our certified technicians are ready to help ensure your heating and cooling systems are in top condition, no matter the season. Call us today at (956) 255-7227 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.