Signs Your System Has Been Damaged In A Storm
Please take a moment and glance at your HVAC Unit, it could have been damaged by the following reasons:
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. To avoid unexpected component failure and other weather-related problems, you should be aware of five 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 system. 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 system's moving parts, so make sure to call a technician to clean out your unit should you hear such noises. You will want to get a professional to address the situation. You should cut the power off to the compressor when you hear any kind of noise.
It isn’t powering back on. A power surge can happen during a storm. If you had a lightning strike near your home, you might have had a power surge. A power surge can burn up wires and fuses, cause compressor damage, and can fry your capacitors. In some cases, after an electric surge, your system may work as normal. However, in a few hours, it could break down and not run again. As soon as you know that you have experienced an electrical surge, call your local HVAC professional to ensure that your unit is 100% good to operate. A professional inspection can help save you costly repairs or the expense of a replacement in the future.
Water is pooling around the unit. While your system'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 to prevent an electric shock.
Breaker Box Issues Another sign that you may have an issue with your HVAC system is that your breakers keep flipping off. It is normal for an electrical breaker to trip every once in a while, as this is what they are meant to do. However, if after a storm, your breaker for your HVAC system has tripped and you reset it only for it to trip again, this is a sign of an electrical issue that needs to be repaired immediately. There could be several different issues that are causing the breaker to trip. Do not hesitate to call a repairman out once the breaker keeps tripping. If you let this go, your unit will not work, and you could be putting your home at risk for a fire
The air is insufficient. If your HVAC unit 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.