Does Rain Damage My Heating and Cooling System Over Time?

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The good news is that rain, for the most part, will not damage your heating and cooling system. HVAC systems are typically designed to withstand the elements. If your unit is made by a good brand name and has been properly installed, you usually don’t have anything to worry about. However, there are some instances when inclement weather can damage an HVAC unit over time.


Flooding can damage an HVAC unit in some instances. If your area has gotten more than 15 inches of rain, it’s wise to have an HVAC technician inspect your AC unit or furnace before you use it.


Hail can cause impact damage to your HVAC unit. If you are expecting a hailstorm, look for ways to protect your unit by covering it with a freestanding wood structure. Be aware, however, that such a structure should allow air to flow freely to and from the unit. Never use a plastic bag or tarp that completely covers the unit.


Strong winds can cause HVAC unit damage from falling trees, branches and flying debris. Inspect your unit after a storm with heavy winds and call an HVAC technician if you notice signs of damage.


Snow, like rain, can damage your HVAC unit in some instances. Your HVAC unit needs air in order to run properly. Never run the unit if it has been covered with snow; otherwise, it could incur damage.

If you are concerned about how your HVAC unit will hold up in inclement weather, talk to a technician about how to prevent damage. An HVAC technician can offer you personalized advice regarding keeping your unit in good working order at all times. Furthermore, if you suspect your HVAC unit has been damaged by rain, snow or a storm, a technician can either repair it or help you select and install a new AC unit or heater that is in line with your needs.

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