A quality outdoor HVAC unit can withstand harsh outdoor elements and weather conditions. However, there’s only so much that your equipment can take. That’s why it still pays to be prepared for what nature brings. After a storm, you must have your unit checked by a cooling and heating service provider, even if it looks fine from the outside.
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Continue reading to discover what rain can do to your heating and cooling system.
Can Rain Damage Your HVAC System?
It’s usually safe to use your air conditioner or heater even if it’s raining heavily outside. The real issues begin when the unit gets exposed to water when it floods. Water can damage electrical components, the wiring and the motor. Your HVAC system can still perform well even during a storm, but not when it gets submerged in water.
Moreover, even the best HVAC equipment can sustain damage from heavy debris during extreme weather events. High-speed wind-blown objects can also put your equipment at risk. Routine tune-ups and inspections can help you save on air conditioning repair costs and keep your unit performing optimally.
Should You Cover Your Outdoor HVAC Unit?
Experts don’t recommend covering outdoor HVAC units since the inner condensers can resist exposure to moisture and extreme temperatures. Also, moisture is likely to evaporate before corrosion occurs and harms internal components, assuming there’s natural ventilation. However, many people still cover their outdoor units during the colder months for protection against snow and debris. Unfortunately, doing this can keep moisture from evaporating, speeding up the deterioration of various system components.
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Liam Foster says
Denise, your post is fantastic! Although rain will not harm the HVAC unit, floods in your region may. Rainstorms can also generate additional problems that might ruin your outdoor unit. Flooding debris or anything collected during high winds might cause damage to different components of the unit.