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Can A Storm Damage My HVAC Unit?

December 29, 2022 | Blog

Heavy rains in Eureka Springs are not uncommon. While we may not see ice and snow, we’re no strangers to high winds and hail. Air conditioning units can withstand some elemental wear and tear, but a storm can still disrupt your outdoor unit.

Storm-related damage can come in many forms, and Island Airco’s HVAC professionals know all about it. If you’re concerned about storm damage to your unit, there are a few steps to follow so that you can treat and prevent this damage in the future.

Signs Of HVAC Damage After A Storm

To avoid a completely broken-down cooling and heating system, it’s important to keep an eye out for early signs of damage. These issues all point to further storm damage:

The Air Conditioner Won’t Power On

When the power returns after an exceptionally severe storm, your AC might still be suffering. Often, a power surge causes issues inside units, such as damage to internal pieces, but you aren’t able to tell for months.

Luckily, the circuit breaker should protect your system from this damage by shutting off the power in an emergency. After a storm, you will need to reset the system, but a professional will need to help if your unit does not turn back on.

The System Isn’t Performing Well

Have you noticed that your home is more humid than usual? If so, severe weather may have damaged your air conditioner, specifically the refrigerant lines. If these lines are leaking, your system won’t function properly.

If you suspect that your refrigerant line is leaking, turn off the system and call a professional AC repair company to assess the damage.

Noises Are Coming From The Unit

Rattling and buzzing noises are cause for concern, but they have an explanation. Intense winds may have lodged debris in your outdoor HVAC unit, and stones or branches could be stuck rattling around the inside of your unit. You can fix this by shutting off power to the system, waiting for the blower to stop, and then cleaning out the unit with a long tool.

If you ever notice screeching noises, shut off the unit’s power and call an HVAC professional.

Water Is Pooling Around The Outdoor Unit

An expected sign of weather damage is usually flooding. While the compressor is water-resistant, it cannot withstand being submerged in water for an extended period. If you notice water surrounding your unit, turn it off at the circuit breaker to prevent the chances of an electrical shock.

You’ll also need to drain the standing water to prevent foundation damage. Finally, consider a professional cleaning service for your ducts. Excess moisture breeds bacteria and microbial growth, and it’s important to keep this out of your home’s air.

What To Do If You Have Potential HVAC Damage

Storms can cause a lot of damage, but it may not always be obvious at first. After a storm, you should always inspect your HVAC system for damage. Check for dents and misplaced debris, and remove any protective tarps from the unit. Once the unit dries and seems in good condition, you can turn it on.

When things have settled, you can then review your home’s insurance policy and see if it covers storm damage. If you notice damage your unit won’t turn on, it’s time to call a professional AC repair company and file an insurance claim.

Protect Your HVAC Unit From Storms

While you can’t protect your home from everything, there are a few ways you can help prevent damage to your unit. Keep your system safe from the elements by doing the following:

  • Install a surge protector to protect devices from power surges.
  • Cover the condenser unit in a weatherproof tarp before storms.
  • Secure the unit to the concrete with tie-down straps.
  • Clear the unit and surrounding area of debris before and after a storm.

You can’t prevent everything, but you can do your best to protect it! Be prepared by making sure you have a trusted HVAC technician to call in case your unit suffers after a storm.

Your Trusted Eureka Springs AC Repair Company

In Arkansas, we’re no stranger to severe weather. Luckily, Island Airco is no stranger to HVAC systems! From air conditioning maintenance to emergency repairs, we’ve seen it all. No matter what your air system is suffering from, we can help.

If you suspect that your outdoor system has suffered from storm damage, give Island Airco a call today.

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