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Can Tornadoes Impact My HVAC System?

May 13th, 2021 by cverdone

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. There are many reasons that you may need an HVAC professional to repair to your HVAC system after a tornado.

Wind Damage

Strong winds are common with tornadoes. They can wreak havoc on the outdoor condenser unit of your HVAC system. Wind, at the least, can push unwanted dirt and debris into your HVAC’s condenser unit. This can clog the fins and prevent your HVAC system from working. 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 fast. This can flood your HVAC unit from the ground. It can even enter it through the many fins on the outside of your HVAC condenser unit. Ask an HVAC professional how to prevent this, and they’ll give you a two-prong approach. First, you should install your condenser unit above ground level. This helps to ensure that water doesn’t flood the HVAC unit. If you install your condenser at ground level, have it fixed before another tornado hits. Second, you’ll want to put a cover over the unit when a tornado is on the way. This helps 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 unit can damage it. This will need a repair from an HVAC professional. Your HVAC condenser unit sucks in air through the fan fins. When the hail hits these fins, it tends to bend them. These bent fins can result in a less efficient 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. This will need an HVAC professional to repair the damages. To prevent electrical issues during a tornado, install a surge protector. This stops power surges from going through the electrical parts of your HVAC system.

Call Us Today For HVAC Professional Help

Tornados can cause lots of damage to your HVAC system. If you have tornado damage to your HVAC system, contact our HVAC professionals. We can repair your unit in no time. Our HVAC professionals can also perform routine maintenance for your HVAC system. We can even upgrade your existing HVAC system. We are here for all your HVAC system needs.