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How to Deal With a Storm-Damaged HVAC System

Heating and cooling systems are designed to withstand the elements. However, that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to damage caused by violent storms. Local heating oil delivery and HVAC contractor Burch Oil discusses how severe weather conditions can damage your home comfort equipment and what are the signs to look out for.

Outdoor HVAC unit

The Impact of Severe Weather on an HVAC System

Extreme weather can cause damage to the outdoor unit of your heating and cooling system. Debris carried by strong winds can collect around the HVAC unit, affecting its efficiency and performance. If it is positioned right below the roofline, it can be at risk of damage due to icicles that form during the winter and break off when they become too heavy. Long-term moisture exposure can lead to rust and corrosion that can harm the internal components of the outdoor unit.

Signs of HVAC Storm Damage to Look Out For

After a storm passes by your area, make it a point to inspect your home for any signs of damage. Apart from your roof, siding and windows, be sure to check your outdoor HVAC unit as well. Get in touch with your HVAC services provider once you see any of these signs indicating storm damage:

  • Weird Noises – Debris pushed inside the outdoor unit by high winds can cause rattling, buzzing or screeching noises while your heating or cooling system is in operation.
  • Unit Not Turning On – It is likely that the circuit breaker has been tripped after a power outage. You have to reset it before powering your HVAC system back on. If it doesn’t work, call your local technician for an inspection.
  • Low Output – An HVAC unit that doesn’t blow as much heated or cool air may have sustained storm damage and must be inspected thoroughly.

Burch Oil is the leading contractor for your heating oil delivery and HVAC needs. We can assist you with whatever comes your way in terms of heating and air conditioning system repair, replacement and maintenance. Expect our team of certified technicians to provide the best service possible so you and your family can feel comfortable all year round.

Give us a call at 301) 373-2131 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service appointment.

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