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Can a thunderstorm destroy your central air conditioning system? Our experts provide information your family needs.

Thunderstorm = AC Killer?

Posted: April 29, 2024 by Hey Neighbor

So, you're enjoying a cozy evening at home, maybe watching your favorite show or snuggled up with a good book, when suddenly, you hear the rumble of thunder in the distance. Yep, a thunderstorm is on its way. While thunder and lightning can add a dramatic flair to the night, they can also bring some unwanted surprises, like power outages and, you guessed it, potential damage to your central air conditioning system. But fear not, because we're here to shed some light on whether or not a thunderstorm is indeed an AC killer and what you can do about it.

First things first, though. Let's address the burning question: Can a thunderstorm zap your AC into oblivion? The short answer is yes - it's certainly possible, but not likely. Thunderstorms bring with them an array of hazards, including lightning strikes, power surges, and flooding - all of which can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Lightning strikes, in particular, pose the most direct threat, as they can fry sensitive electronic components and cause irreparable damage. However, direct strikes are relatively rare, so there's no need to panic just yet.

Now, on to the good stuff - what you can do to protect your AC and keep it humming along, rain or shine. Here are some handy tips to weatherproof your HVAC system.

Invest in surge protection

Consider installing surge protectors or lightning arrestors to safeguard your AC unit from power surges caused by lightning strikes. These devices act as a barrier, diverting excess voltage away from your system and preventing costly damage.

Unplug during storms

When a thunderstorm is brewing, it's a good idea to turn off your AC unit via its outdoor shutoff switch and unplug other sensitive electronics to reduce the risk of damage from power surges. Better safe than sorry, right?

Secure outdoor components

Take precautions to secure your central AC's outside condenser unit against strong winds and flying debris. Trim overhanging branches, fasten loose parts, and consider investing in a protective cover to shield it from the elements.

Regular maintenance

Keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape by scheduling regular maintenance checks with a qualified technician. Routine inspections can help catch any potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs, ensuring your AC stays cool under pressure.

Insurance coverage

Check your homeowner's insurance policy to see if it covers damage caused by lightning strikes or other weather-related incidents. Having the right coverage can provide peace of mind knowing that you're financially protected in case of an AC emergency.

Concerned about storm damage? Call us today!

So, there you have it - while a thunderstorm may pose a threat to your AC system, there are plenty of proactive steps you can take to minimize the risk and keep your cool. If you're nervous about the potential for storm damage - or worse, you think a storm has damaged your HVAC system - call us right away. We're here to help! By staying informed and taking preventative measures, you'll be well-equipped to weather any storm that comes your way. Happy storm watching, and may your AC stay safe and sound!

 


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