Not only does chilly winter weather make it especially unpleasant to spend time outside, but it can also have many negative effects on your home, including your HVAC system. Although your HVAC system is meant to be a source of heat and comfort throughout the season, harsh effects of winter weather can affect its ability to work and warm your home. As you are enduring this chilly weather throughout February and early March, consider these forms of winter weather that can negatively affect your HVAC unit.
Snow Blocking Your Furnace Exhaust
A significant accumulation of snow could potentially pile up to block your furnace exhaust. Without its ability to release exhaust, your unit may fail to work correctly. In turn, this malfunction could lead to your HVAC system releasing dangerous carbon monoxide to your home. While your HVAC unit most likely contains a safety switch that will shut down your unit if its exhaust is blocked by snow, it is important to clear off your unit from snow as it accumulates.
Snow and Ice Accumulation
Should heavy snow or a significant amount of ice freeze around your unit, your HVAC system could freeze and shutdown. An emergency shutdown will cut-off the heat flowing into your home, which will cause your home to become cold quickly, as well as potentially freeze your water pipes. Frozen pipes are especially problematic, as they can lead to pipe bursts and leaks as they thaw.
Corrosion and Rust Caused by Melting Ice and Snow
Water leakage caused by melting snow and ice can result in water buildup in your HVAC system. If this water refreezes or continues to melt into your unit, it could lead to rust and corrosion throughout your HVAC unit.
Falling Ice Can Damage Unit Parts
Large icicles that may freeze above your HVAC unit could potentially break, fall, and cause damage to your system. Damage to your
HVAC system caused by ice, such as jams or broken parts can be costly, as they may require expensive part replacements.
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