How was your heating and AC system impacted by the power outages?
Texans just went through a flurry of problems that compounded upon one another from the recent statewide arctic cold front. In a number of areas, the extreme cold, ice, power outages, and water shortages have left many of us scrambling for warm shelter and supplies. Now that the weather is returning to normal along with power and water being restored, we are in fix-it mode, focusing on the essentials. From fixing broken water pipes to replacing appliances ruined from power blackouts and power surges.
Our lives will soon return to normal but what is the long-term impact on homeowners’ heating and AC system? The problems will vary depending on how much you were impacted by power outages.
If you had power throughout the duration of the cold front, your heating and AC system should be minimally impacted depending on its age and condition. However, your heating and AC system ran hard for days to keep your home comfortable in subfreezing temperatures and will need to be maintained to avoid any compromise to its lifespan. I recommend having your heating and cooling company do a preventative maintenance checkup to ensure your system is in good shape after being pushed to the max for days on end.
Less than ideal
You might be like me where your power constantly cycled on and off for 4 days, along with brownouts. These cycles are rough on your heating and cooling system, potentially taking many years off of your system’s life due to the repeated load, power loss, power surges (as the electricity comes back on), and brownouts. In order to maximize the remaining life of your system, I would highly recommend having your heating and AC company perform a full inspection on all electronic components along with a full preventative maintenance checkup. This will help prevent any minor issues from turning into major problems or repairs.
Another great rule of thumb to extend the life of your system is to make sure your system does not experience any unnecessary load. These are a few tips that can help extend the life of your heating and AC system while helping it perform at its best. When it comes to your HVAC system preventative measures are better than watching and waiting and can save you from costly repairs.