The buildup of snow and ice on the outdoor components of your HVAC system can cause problems for your indoor comfort, which is why you need to take steps to protect your system when winter arrives. In today’s post, Bartlett Heating & Air Conditioning, the top choice for air conditioning repair in our local area, discusses the ways ice and snow can damage your HVAC system.
The exterior components of your HVAC system may be located underneath your gutters. Icicles can form on the gutters and then slowly grow larger as time passes. Given enough time, these icicles can become so heavy that they break off. They can then crash down and damage the electronics and sensitive equipment in your outdoor HVAC unit. Prevent this damage by always clearing away any icicles hanging above your outdoor HVAC unit.
Melted snow and ice can form puddles around the exterior unit. When the temperature drops, these puddles can refreeze and expand, causing damage to your system. If you have a furnace or boiler, then water from melting snow can seep into the internal valves and cause your system to malfunction. The melted snow can also refreeze and cause your system’s pipes to become encased in ice.
Snow and Ice Accumulation
Always keep your outdoor HVAC components clear of ice and snow. Snow and ice can pile on top of the exterior components of your heating system, restricting airflow. Heavy snow and ice accumulation can also cause your heating system to freeze and shut down. You can build a cover above the outdoor units, but make sure to use breathable materials to prevent a buildup of condensation.
If you want your HVAC system to stay in good condition, then you need to schedule an AC cleaning and checkup regularly. This applies your heating system, as well. Fortunately, Bartlett Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with all of your HVAC needs. We’ve been in business since 1978 and owe our success to our commitment to excellence and customer-focused services. We serve many areas, including West Chicago and Bartlett. Call us at (630) 372-7640 to learn more about our products and services.