Has Your HVAC Equipment Been Damaged By A Flood Or Storm
Don’t like Atlanta’s weather? Stick around for a bit. It’s sure to change.
As the weather changes, you’ve probably changed the way you maintain things around your home. You add protection to prevent flood damage. You check for damage after a surprising hail or rain storm.
Just like your roof or foundation can sustain damage, your HVAC system can be damaged in storms too. Before your HVAC unit is at risk of being damaged in a storm, here are a few tips you can use now to protect it before the unthinkable happens. And what to do if damage occurs.
Start With A Cover
A little rain never hurt your outside HVAC equipment, right?
Your HVAC equipment is designed to withstand normal storms throughout the year. The average rain and snowfall won’t impact your HVAC equipment. But too much of a good thing is never good for your equipment.
Your HVAC manufacturer will tell you the best way to keep your unit in top condition is to ensure the surrounding area is cleared from excessive amounts of leaves, dirt, and debris. Likewise, if not in use, lay a cover over the unit to protect it from impact, especially if there is a strong storm in the forecast. This added protection will limit the risk of damage from dirt, debris, hail, and water damage.
It’s not just the storm that can impact your equipment. An unexpected power outage can do irreparable damage to your HVAC system too. Lightning or heavy winds can knock the power out, and short circuit the electrical connections within the equipment. If it’s submerged in water, it can short out the system altogether. And with extensive winds, it can cause trees, building materials, even lawn chairs and landscaping decor to damage the system further. If you suspect a problem with your HVAC system, call in an expert to assess the damage for your safety.
Move Your Equipment To Higher Land
Is the area surrounding your HVAC unit prone to standing water? If you’re installing a new unit, now may be the time to move your HVAC equipment to higher, drier land. If it’s already on higher property, it may be wise to raise it from there. It depends on where you live, but moving it can prevent further damage in the future.
Once water damage occurs, your only course of action is to replace the unit with a new one. HVAC units aren’t built to handle extreme flooding, and doing so could be dangerous to you and your home. Electricity and water never mix.
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