If it’s springtime in Texas, it’s time to be ready for storms. Unfortunately, most of our spring moisture in Texas is likely to be accompanied by turbulence, including hail, high winds and flooding that can cause costly damage to your home — including your HVAC system.
Minimize damage with the proper storm preparation for whatever the weather might throw at your system.
Most likely you have a split system air conditioner, with one part inside your home and the other — the condenser/compressor — outside. The outside unit is probably protected by a strong metal housing. While this housing should provide some protection, sometimes the aluminum fins that are found in the condenser can be damaged by hail.
If you are concerned about this type of damage, protective covers are available on the market. Consult your HVAC tech about the best type for your unit. Any covering should be positioned so that it does not interfere with airflow around the unit.
2. High winds.
Damage from high winds is likely to be in the form of debris such as roof tiles or even loose furniture in the yard being hurled at the unit. Before the storm season starts, pick up or secure any item that might be light enough to be catapulted into your condenser unit. Trim back limbs that might break off and fall on it.
If your home is in an area prone to flooding and your condenser is located where it might be vulnerable, it might be wise to see about moving it or raising it off the ground. Be aware that your unit is likely not covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. You may want to get separate flood insurance.
4. Lightning strike.
Whenever an electrical storm approaches, turn off your air conditioner so that it’s protected from possible power surges when lightning strikes.
Schedule routine maintenance to enhance your storm preparation by contacting Beyer Boys of San Antonio. We’ve provided quality service to the region since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).