Mother Nature is fascinating. One moment the sun is shining and the next moment, the sky is clouded over and severe weather alerts are being issued. Hail, wind, rain, they all can cause damage to your HVAC system. Fortunately, HVAC systems were designed to withstand weather within reason and as long as they are installed in an area not predisposed to standing water, they should be ok. Of course, there is always the chance for that one severe storm that will inevitably do damage. The following are a few steps of what to do if your HVAC system is damaged in a storm.
- Inspect: Visually inspect the air conditioning unit for any obvious signs of exterior damage to the overall structure, remove obvious debris, and inspect all exterior electrical components. If you unplugged your unit prior to the storm and it is clear and safe to do so, plug it back in.
**If you suspect that your HVAC unit had been in standing water or can see standing water anywhere near the air conditioning unit, call a qualified HVAC professional. Common sense should warn you to proceed with caution because the old saying is true, electricity and water don’t mix.**
- Insurance: Review your homeowner’s insurance policy. Repairs or replacement of parts or replacement of the unit itself due to a storm may be all or partially covered.
- HVAC professional: Not all repairs need to be completed by a qualified HVAC technician such as cleaning debris or cleaning coils. Keep in mind that severe weather can lead to unexpected dangers within your HVAC unit’s electrical components. The qualified HVAC technicians at Blue Heating and Cooling will inspect and provide a quote on damage repair vs unit replacement if needed.
- Create a future plan: Creating a future plan or checklist to help you remember the little things before a storm, during a storm, and after a storm is always a good idea. For example:
- Close windows and window coverings
- Turn off computer and other electronic devices
- If necessary, go to your basement or other interior rooms away from windows.
- Turn off the breaker to your HVAC unit. Electrical damage is bad news for your HVAC system.
- If you suspect damage to your HVAC system or any part of your home, call a qualified professional. Document with photos etc as needed.
It actually takes quite a bit of severe weather to cause damage to your HVAC system (if properly installed). Preparing for a storm is an important piece of preventing damage to your HVAC system. If you and your HVAC system have weathered a storm and you suspect damage, give us a call at Blue Heating and Cooling. Our trusted technicians are here to help.