What you Need to Know About HVAC Systems and the Weather

With this weather going from sunny and clear, to cloudy and rainy in two hours, maybe it’s time to talk about what effects the weather can do on your HVAC. Your central heating and air conditioning system are built to weather the storm, but it’s still good to know what you can do to help your HVAC live a little longer. If you have a split system, which consists of an outside condenser and an indoor furnace, you won’t have a problem getting an HVAC technician to fix your furnace. If you are ever in need of assistance with an outside unit on your roof or a condenser coil, you might have to wait. here’s why.

Safety Concerns

There’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard to never get water near electrical wiring, right? Well that’s why during severe rain HVAC techs can’t really do anything outside. This also includes tornado weather.  There is not only a safety concern for them, but a concern for your HVAC system. Doing work while it’s wet can cause problems later on down the line. Heat pumps especially have electrical components that can easily be fried when exposed to unfit conditions. For example: its raining cats and dogs and you need a new TXV in your condenser. All of the condensation would take hours to get blown out of your lines, and your tech wouldn’t get anywhere for a long time.

if a unit is located on the roof, this becomes even more dangerous. The roof can become slippery and cause a fall. High speed winds, lighting and thunder can all be a dangerous interference. There are some emergency cases where we’d be able to send out an Expert to your home. Give us a call when your emergency is needed, but don’t be surprised if we ask for the weather to be clear before we are able to send someone over.

Tips for When your HVAC Technician Can’t Come Right Away

If you ever are burning up in the rain and your tech can’t come out until the water passes, here’s some tips to help cool you down in the meantime.

Note: We do not recommend covering your outside condenser coil. This is made to withstand weathering and it is not a good idea to cover it.

  • Opening windows helps bring a draft into your home, taking the warm air out and the cooler air in.
  • Turn off your unit. There is no point in having an air conditioner that doesn’t work continuously running. This can only lead to further damage being done to your system.

If you do notice leaks after the rain, contact HVAC Experts before things get worse. Water damage around your system could actually harm your home and lead to mold and deterioration.

At the end of the day, rain or shine, we want the best for our customers and are always here. We are open 24/7 and are always here to help.

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