How to Handle a Storm-Damaged HVAC Unit

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July 21, 2021

Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is designed to stand up to most weather conditions. However, it’s not immune to storm damage. It’s best to be familiar with what to expect from a storm-damaged HVAC unit. In this post, we’ll share signs of a storm-damaged HVAC unit and how to handle it.

Signs of a Storm-Damaged HVAC System


After a storm, it’s best to check your HVAC unit for damage. Usually, a damaged HVAC unit won’t turn on. If it’s still working, check if it’s able to blow cold air. Low output can be caused by the impact of high winds on the refrigerant lines of your air conditioner. You also need to check into any alarming noises. Rattling and screeching noises coming from your AC may be caused by debris. Keep in mind that it is not advisable that you try to repair leaking refrigerant yourself.


How To Handle HVAC Damage


After inspecting the exterior of your HVAC unit for any external damage, you should also look for water and debris.
Check to see if there is water in your air conditioner. Your AC is water-resistant, but isn’t designed to be submerged in water. Watch out for cold or hot water pooling around the outdoor unit. Make sure to turn off the circuit breaker to prevent electrical shock, as well. You will need to drain the water immediately to avoid damage to the unit and your home.


In the event of damage to your HVAC unit, we are here to help.


It is important to create a plan to more effectively protect your HVAC unit from the next weather event. For instance, during an intense storm, consider turning off the breaker to your unit, as electrical problems can be very damaging.


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