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Can Weather Damage My Outdoor Unit?

January 20, 2022 | Blog

With your HVAC system being outdoors, you might be think it is at risk for potential damage from certain weather. Well, here’s the good news: most outdoor units are, indeed, designed to be outdoors, meaning your HVAC system should withstand typical weather. However, more intense conditions that roll through a few times a year can wreak havoc on an otherwise sturdy unit. In fact, most calls related to HVAC unit weather damage are made on the hottest and coldest days of the year. Luckily, here at Natchez Heating & Cooling, we have a few pointers to help you know what too look out for.

Here are some examples of how extreme conditions can hurt your outdoor unit, followed by tips on counteracting potential weather damage.

What Type of Weather Might Damage My Outdoor Unit?

Extreme Temperatures

As mentioned, most HVAC repairs are needed on days of intense heat or cold. That’s because your system works harder to regulate air temperature in these circumstances. This extra work can push an old or weakened unit to its breaking point.

Heavy Rain/Hail

A torrential downpour can cause flooding around your unit, allowing rainwater to seep in and create long-term damage. Meanwhile, large chunks of hail could dent your unit, hurting its structural integrity.

High Wind or Storms

Unfortunately, there is little you can do to defend your system from unforeseen falling branches. Powerful winds can push dirt, leaves and other debris into your unit, leading to poor air circulation and overheating. Furthermore, storm-induced power outages can lead to electrical surges and wire damage.

How Can I protect My Outdoor Unit?

Check For Flooding

Even if you can’t stop a rainstorm, you can minimize its effects. If you notice water pooling around your unit after it rains, call an HVAC professional to assess any damage. A technician can also help construct a plan to reduce future flooding.

Check Your Filters

Ideally, you should check your unit’s vents and filters monthly. That way, you can spot any leaves or dirt hurting your system’s air circulation.

Landscape Wisely

Avoid landscaping that attracts more heat. For example, rocks tend to get hotter than grass, meaning a unit surrounded by gravel is more likely to overheat.

Use a Fan

On especially hot summer days, take advantage of any fans in your home. By not exclusively relying on your HVAC system to maintain a cool temperature, you’re less likely to overwork an outdoor unit.

Regular Maintenance Appointments

Most importantly, remember to schedule system tune-ups as these are your system’s best defense against costly damages. If existing issues are not caught before bad weather hits, a minor problem can escalate into a system breakdown, which could lead to needing a replacement system.

Extreme weather conditions are often unavoidable, meaning your system will face greater risks a few times each year. However, proactively following these tips and keeping up with maintenance appointments can help protect your outdoor unit. If you suspect your unit is already damaged, contact Natchez Heating & Cooling for 24/7 assistance – extreme weather isn’t restricted to regular business hours, so neither are our repair services.

With over 20 years of experience, Natchez Heating & Cooling has helped defend countless homes from weather damage. In addition to regular tune-ups, our team responds to emergency repairs at any time of day, meaning we’ll be there no matter when bad weather strikes.

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