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Can Tornadoes Impact My HVAC System?

May 13th, 2021 by Emily Mixter

Can Tornadoes Impact My AC Unit?

Tornadoes can be some of the scariest storms that happen. A tornado can throw hail, lightning, and buckets upon buckets of water in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, a tornado can be an enemy for your HVAC system. In fact, there are many different reasons that you may need to call an HVAC professional for repairs to your HVAC system after a tornado hits your home.

Wind Damage

Strong winds are a notorious attribute of any tornado that can wreak havoc on the outdoor condenser unit of your HVAC system. Wind, at the bare minimum, can push unwanted dirt and debris into your HVAC’s condenser unit. This can clog the fins and prevent your HVAC system from working properly. Wind, at its worst, can cause your HVAC’s condenser unit to get ripped away from your home. In this instance, it’s vital to contact an HVAC professional to help with your HVAC repair needs.

Water Damage

Water can be very damaging to the external condenser unit of your HVAC system. Tornados can throw down a lot of water really fast. This can flood your HVAC unit from the ground or even enter it through the numerous fins on the outside of your HVAC condenser unit. Ask any HVAC professional how to prevent this problem, and they’ll give you a two-prong approach. First, your condenser unit should be installed above ground level to ensure that water doesn’t flood the HVAC unit. If your condenser is currently installed at ground level, it’s best to have it repaired before another tornado hits. Second, you’ll want to put a cover over the unit when a tornado is on the way to protect it from needing repairs. Be sure to turn off your HVAC unit when putting a cover on it to prepare for a tornado.

Hail Damage

Hail can range from the size of a pea up to the size of a golf ball or even bigger. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize that hail hitting your outdoor HVAC condenser unit can be extremely damaging and require repair from an HVAC professional. Your HVAC condenser unit sucks in air through the various fan fins. When the hail hits these fins, it tends to bend them over. These bent fins can result in decreased efficiency from your HVAC system. You’ll want to contact an HVAC professional to repair the unit before trying to run it.

Lightning Damage

Lightning can cause serious electrical issues to your HVAC system that will require an HVAC professional to repair. To prevent electrical issues when lightning strikes during a tornado, you should have an HVAC professional install a surge protector. This specific piece of technology works to stop power surges causes by lightning from going through the electrical components of your HVAC system.

Call Us Today For HVAC Professional Help

Tornados can be extremely damaging to your HVAC system. If you’ve recently experienced damage to your HVAC system due to a tornado, it’s time to contact our HVAC professionals to assist in repairing your unit. Our HVAC professionals can also perform routine maintenance for your HVAC system or even upgrade your existing HVAC system.