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Can Tornadoes Impact My HVAC System?

Can Tornadoes Impact My HVAC System?

Your HVAC system can be impacted by a number of weather conditions, including a tornado. A tornado is notorious for dropping lots of water, having high gale force winds, crackling lightning, and large-sized hail. Each of these different weather elements caused by a tornado can be potentially damaging to your HVAC system and require you to call an HVAC professional for repairs.

Lightning

One of the most common weather elements that a tornado will bring is lightning. This can cause a lot of damage to your HVAC system as power can surge through all of the HVAC system's electrical components. Electrical HVAC system components can be costly for any HVAC professional to repair. To prevent this issue from happening, you should have an HVAC professional install a surge protector on your HVAC system.

Water

A tornado can drop a lot of water onto the outdoor component of your HVAC system. When water penetrates the HVAC system, it can cause electrical and even rust issues. To prevent water from penetrating your HVAC system during a tornado, it's advisable to install a removable cover. This will protect against the worst of the rainwater from the tornado. In addition, your HVAC professional should install your outdoor HVAC condenser unit up off of the ground to protect the unit from potential flooding.

Hail

The outdoor condenser unit for your HVAC system can be exposed to disastrous hail. Hail can damage the various fins on the outside of the HVAC unit and cause you to call an HVAC professional for repairs. It's best to protect hail from ever reaching your HVAC condenser unit by putting a hardcover over the unit when a tornado is in the forecast. Just be sure to shut your HVAC system off as you don't want to run it when there is a cover on the condenser unit.

Wind

Everybody knows that a tornado brings strong, gale force winds. These winds can cause significant damage to your home's HVAC system. The outdoor condenser unit can only withstand so much wind before it is ripped away from the home. If this has happened to your home, it's best to turn off your HVAC unit and contact an HVAC professional to perform the necessary repairs. Wind can also cause a lot of debris to be blown into your outdoor condenser unit. After the tornado, it's best to turn off your HVAC system and clean out the fins on the HVAC condenser unit.

Call Us For HVAC Professional Repairs

If your HVAC system has been impacted by a recent tornado, then it's time to give our HVAC professionals a call. We can perform the necessary repairs to get your HVAC system back up and running. Our experienced HVAC professionals are familiar with repairing HVAC units that are damaged as a result of tornados and other weather disasters. Our HVAC professionals can also repair routine HVAC problems and perform annual maintenance on your HVAC system.

Sources:

https://dfw.houkac.com/2017/10/27/3-ways-tornado-damage-hvac-system/
https://www.hvacinvestigators.com/hurricane-force-winds-impact-hvac-systems/#:~:text=Equally%20important%2C%20the%20sheer%20wind,siding%2C%20fences%20and%20HVAC%20systems.