If a heavy storm came through and your air conditioner looks damaged from tree branches, you want to call an air conditioning repair professional before you try to turn the unit on. Turning on the unit if there is electrical damage or impact damage can cause a need for more costs and repairs. Instead, you want to make sure that you aren't at the risk of harming your HVAC system or your home or putting anyone in danger. Here are a few things to talk with the HVAC professional about.
Leaks or Internal Water Damages
Heavy rains, minor flooding, ice, and other water-related problems can do a lot of damage if they get inside your air conditioning unit. If the unit was damaged by impact, this increases the chances that water got into the unit.
You don't want to risk destroying the electrical components by trying to run the unit, and you could cause the system to overheat, blow a fuse, or damage the fuse box and more. You also run the risk of having mold and mildew problems because of the water, so the unit will need to be cleaned properly after it is inspected.
Impact Costs and Repairs
The fan is often near the top of air conditioning models, and if it was damaged, the air conditioner won't push air into the home. You want to find out if the unit can be repaired, and if so what the cost will be and how many parts will need to be replaced. You want to be sure that you are making a good investment.
If the impact damage will cost more to repair than half the cost of a new unit, and there are water and electrical damages as well, it's time to replace the unit. Get more than one estimate so you can see what the total cost will be.
If the unit is more than 10 years it old, it may be time to get the unit replaced. A newer unit that runs more efficiently and that is built with more technical features will help to improve your home, and it will be a smart investment for the property for the long term. If you are going to have the unit repaired, be sure to have the entire HVAC system cleaned out, including the ducts, in case there was dirt, dust, mold or other debris that got pushed through the system after the storm.
For more information, contact a local air conditioning repair company.