Can You Overuse Your HVAC?

Many people worry about how their HVAC systems will cope with bad weather.  Will a sudden downpour or snow shower cause any damage, right when you need it most.


Rest assured, HVAC systems are hardy and are built to function in practically all weather conditions, but there are still some things you need to know to keep them up and running year-round.


With storm season fast approaching, here’s everything that your need to know about running your External link opens in new tab or windowHVAC in storms and rain.

 

HVAC Weather Protection

Your HVAC is designed in such a way that any elements of the system that are outdoors, are specially sealed and protected from extreme weather. This ‘split system’ ensures that each element of your HVAC is suitable for the environment it is going to be in.


The external part of the HVAC is protected by sealing all elements of the unit, preventing water from getting into the electrics. All components are also treated so that they can withstand rust and erosion.


Even with this protection in place, it is still important to have your HVAC serviced regularly so that any issues can be detected before they become a problem. If you think your unit has been damaged by any falling debris, you should get it checked.


Rather than leaving maintenance until it is too late, have your HVAC serviced before winter as any HVAC professional won’t be able to access it in windy or unsafe weather conditions.


What if my HVAC is flooded?

While your external HVAC unit is protected from rain, it isn’t designed to operate in flood conditions. If your unit is fully or partially submerged by water, you should cut the power to this immediately and have it inspected by a professional before using it again.


Should I place a cover over my HVAC unit?

You might think that it’s a good idea to protect your HVAC unit with some type of cover, but this can often cause more damage.


By covering your unit, you’re keeping away debris, but you’re also trapping moisture. When moisture can’t evaporate or runoff, then it can cause rust and erosion, leading to damage.


Always keep your HVAC unit uncovered and free from any clutter, so the air can circulate freely, which is crucial to your HVAC performing as it should.


Can you service my unit if it’s raining?

Your HVAC unit shouldn’t be serviced when it’s raining for a number of reasons. Firstly, rain can make it dangerous to inspect the unit and increase the risk that the repair person might slip and fall.


There’s also a risk that moisture will get inside the unit and cause damage to the components.


If your HVAC has a fault, and it is an emergency, then a repair may be attempted. This is down to the discretion of your repair company who will perform a risk assessment.


Call Wright AC & Heating Co. now to get your HVAC serviced before storm season and ensure your system is running efficiently and effectively.