When storms are present, you can expect to see lightening and with lightening, damage. Unfortunately for homeowners, lightening can damage your AC unit or heat pump pretty quickly. Here are a few tips to help when lightening strikes your AC unit.
Document the Storm For Insurance
If you have homeowners insurance, be sure and document when the storm took place and take pictures of any damage. It is important to have as much evidence and documentation as possible.
Inspect the Thermostat and Circuit Breakers
The first thing you should do is inspect your thermostat to see if it is still working. You may need to replace batteries or check the circuit breaker to make sure it’s not tripped. If the circuit breaker keeps tripping off, you need to call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning. If the thermostat stays on, adjust the temperature so that the unit comes on.
See If The Unit Turns On
You can listen for the fan inside and the condenser outside to turn on. If the fan isn’t working and the circuit breakers are fine, call your Air Conditioning repair service technician. Outside, there may be circuit breakers next to your condenser. Make sure these are on and not tripping. If you can’t get the unit to run or it keeps tripping the breaker, you need some air conditioning repair, call Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning.
When Lightening Strikes Close By
You can experience a surge in your electric that can really mess up your Heating and Air Conditioning as well as other electrical or plumbing components in your house. Sometimes the damage doesn’t show up right away and if your not home, you may not realize it was storm related. You can always call Greater Comfort for a full inspection of your Heating and air conditioning systems to make sure your systems are operating properly. Although it is impossible to diagnose future problems, some tests can detect deficiencies in how your system is running. Unfortunately, once a claim is made to insurance, even if another problem occurs down the road, it cannot be included later.
When it comes to protecting your AC, you might want to turn the system off in severe weather. If you have any questions about what to do when lightening strikes your AC unit, call the experts at Greater Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning and they can help answer your questions and address your concerns. If you need an AC repairman, they have factory trained technicians who can provide you with friendly competent service.