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How Does Spring Weather Affect Your HVAC Unit

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Warm spring weather is coming soon for West Chester and surrounding areas, and we are getting egg-cited! However, along with warmer weather in the spring can come some extreme temperature and precipitation changes that can harm your HVAC unit. Let MoreVent Heating, Cooling and Plumbing help you stay aware of weather that you should watch out for this spring.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring …

Obviously your outdoor HVAC unit is designed to be outside, but it can be affected by rain if water gets into an opening it shouldn’t during a heavy storm. Excessive water on the metal machinery can cause rust or other damage, so be sure to keep an eye on your unit after spring storms. If you have any concerns about how your outdoor unit is operating, a MoreVent technician would be happy to inspect it.

Changing Temperature Conditions

Just when you think the warm weather is here to stay, the Northeast brings a cold snap that has you hopping over to adjust the thermostat again. Shifting your unit quickly with the fluctuating temperature changes (especially between the furnace and A/C) can impact HVAC efficiency. You may see a spike in your utility bills for this reason, but it shouldn’t harm the actual machinery much, if at all.

Watch for Wind Damage

April showers don’t just bring May flowers, sometimes they can bring hail and high winds too. You can prevent hail damage by installing hail guards on your outdoor unit, and you can cover the unit during a storm if you are not using it at that time. Always remove the cover before turning it back on.

High winds can also send lawn furniture or outdoor toys flying, so be sure to secure these items away from your unit or store them inside if a storm is coming. Keeping any trees or large vegetation near the unit clipped and neat can also help prevent winds from sending limbs or branches flying into your unit.

Look out for Lightning

Heavy precipitation can also bring lightning and electrical storms. You can be prepared for potential lightning strikes on your home or a nearby power line by using a whole-house surge protector and/or a backup generator. You should also inspect for water or electrical damage before turning the unit back on after a power outage or storm.

Hopping on regular spring maintenance with a tune-up now, can help prepare you for weather changes and prevent costly repairs. If you still need to schedule your spring visit, or if you have an HVAC repair that needs attention, call MoreVent at (610) 444-3333 or schedule online. Our technicians are prepared to offer you egg-cellent service to get your unit up and hopping again!

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