The geographical location of Massachusetts comes with some of the more unique weather phenomenon in recorded history. We are prone to flooding and drought, with a few moderate weather conditions in between. While hurricanes are rare, they do happen here. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning certainly remember hurricane Bob in 1991. Currently Massachusetts is having our rainy season which can pose a serious problem for your home’s HVAC system. With fall under way, it is important to be aware of a few potential problems that could already have or will occur during our rainy seasons. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning will share some problems that can occur during rainy weather or more severe storms.
How Does Rain & Wind Damage Air Conditioners & Furnaces?
Flooding: During the heavy rainy season, flooding often occurs, which the state of Massachusetts is no stranger to. Ground air conditioning units often get damaged during flood conditions. Flood waters can have some major effects on air conditioning units. Debris easily gets swept inside the air conditioner and if not removed, causes damages if left unattended. Flood water can also cause serious damage to electrical wiring and prevent the air conditioner from running. After the occurrence of a minor or severe flooding, make sure to have the air conditioner inspected for flood damages before using the air conditioner.
Storm Damage: With rainy weather, often comes the wind. Recent wind speeds being at 20 mph or higher, the chance of external damages or debris becomes high. It is very common for roof top air conditioners to receive minor to severe damages during wind storms. If debris gets caught in the fan blades, they can get bent or damaged. After wind it is wise to inspect the air conditioner before running it.
Moisture Damage: During periods of rain, the moisture outside is brought inside when the air conditioner is running. Moisture can fill the entire home as well as the HVAC systems. Where moisture is common during both cooling and heating season, the extra moisture from rain can lead to internal erosion. Especially when heaters haven’t run all summer and all of the components have been inactive, erosion can still easily take place. After periods of rain, or before the changing of seasons, have your HVAC system inspected and serviced. If signs of erosion are present, the unit may be cleaned and stripped of minor erosion. However, severe erosion or rust may cause a need for certain components to be replaced.
Clogged Drainage Pan: After rain storms and especially during the fall season, it is common to find leaves in the gutter system and drainage pans. As expected, the HVAC system condensation drain pan can get debris caught inside during fall and rainy seasons. Leave sand other debris often clog drain pans and the drainage lines. It is recommended to inspect the drainage pan and the drains to make sure it isn’t clogged or filled with decaying leaves and dirt.
HVAC Repair, Replacement, Inspections & More in Springfield, Granby, Holyoke, South Hadley, Monson Chicopee & Agawam Massachusetts
Regardless of the season, HVAC systems are exposed to the elements of mother nature. Between regular use and the elements, the HVAC system requires proper maintenance. If your HVAC system needs to be inspected or serviced after Massachusetts rainy season, contact Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning for all of your HVAC needs.