Hurricanes are hard on homes. They can destroy roofs, siding, and landscaping. One thing homeowners don't always realize is how much damage a hurricane can do to a home's air conditioner. After a hurricane or even a big storm, it's a good idea to check over your AC system. Here are some repairs that it might need.
Damaged Refrigerant Lines
Refrigerant lines carry the liquid coolant from the outdoor compressor to the indoor evaporator coil. They are mostly protected inside the AC equipment, but on most AC setups, a small part of the line is exposed towards the back of the compressor. If a heavy branch or other item falls on this line, it may damage it and lead to a coolant leak. Signs of a coolant leak include colored fluid on the ground near the AC unit, and the formation of ice on the AC coil while it runs. If you notice these signs, contact an HVAC repair contractor. They can typically plug the leak and top off the coolant to appropriate levels.
Branches in Vents or Ducts
When the wind is blowing wildly, you may sometimes end up with branches inside the ducts or vents associated with your AC system. The key sign of this issue will be reduced airflow to some or all of your vents. You may also notice a rattling or banging noise as the air blows the branch against the walls of the ducts. An HVAC contractor can remove the vent covers, fish out the offending debris, and repair any ducts that were damaged by blowing debris.
Corroded Electrical Connections
If you live right on the coast, then a hurricane can bring salty water into your yard. If the water becomes deep enough to reach the electrical connections associated with your air conditioner, those connections may become corroded. Metal does, after all, corrode when exposed to salt and water. This often causes AC units not to turn on at all. Or, your AC may repeatedly trip the circuit breaker when you turn it on. An HVAC contractor can replace those corroded connections. They may coordinate with an electrician to do this work.
After a hurricane, make sure you give your air conditioner a thorough once-over. If you notice signs of any of the issues above, contact an HVAC contractor ASAP. In most cases, these repairs will be covered by your homeowner's insurance or flood insurance.
To learn more about AC repairs, reach out to a local service provider.Share