Spring storms can be very damaging to homes and businesses in Lexington. While most think of roofs and exteriors being damaged by hail or falling debris, there are HVAC system components which can also be impacted. When foul weather has subsided, check your home’s HVAC components for storm damage.
HVAC components on the roof
Exhaust, ventilation, and flue systems penetrate through the roof to expel air and byproducts, or to intake clean air. Strong winds, hail, and falling debris can damage the vents and caps which protect these systems, along with the flashings that create a seal between the penetration and the roof. Damage in these areas can cause water to seep inside, damaging HVAC components as well as the roof, insulation, and ceilings.
A roof leak surrounding your ventilation or exhaust systems can cause a leak in your home or business. If you see water coming from these components in your ceilings, do not use them. Water damage can cause electrical issues, making the systems unsafe to use. Call for inspection and possible repair for your safety.
Flood damage to HVAC components
In many homes and businesses, air handlers and furnaces are installed in garages and basements. These areas may flood in the event of heavy rainfall. Water exposure due to flooding can cause damage to the system; it should not be used until water has been cleared, and the system has been inspected and cleaned.
Flooding outside your home can damage exterior cooling system components. If your air conditioner condenser or heat pump has been exposed to standing water, it should be turned off, and not be used until a technician has inspected the unit for damage.
Flood water can also wash debris into your condensate drain lines, causing clogs. Prevent more moisture from backing into your home by clearing clogs with a wet/dry vacuum.
Exterior cooling system components
Falling limbs, hail, and other debris can crash into your condenser or heat pump, causing damage to the fins, cabinet, and even interior components. Clear away any fallen debris from the system, and look for visible damage.
If you suspect your HVAC components have been exposed to water or have sustained other storm damage, call Climate Control right away for skilled heating and cooling repair.