Did you know that lightning strikes can damage electrical components on your HVAC system?

Naturally during thunderstorms there are power surges following outages. When this happens, usually some components tend to suffer some kind of electrical damage, causing your HVAC system to fail. The problem may not show itself right away but over the course of a few months your system will begin to be less efficient and you will notice that your home is not cooling properly.

The number one cause of an HVAC system failure is a damaged capacitor. A capacitor is designed to store energy within an electrostatic field. Capacitors are generally attached to a motor and the reason for this is because the capacitor sends a jolt of energy to start up that motor.

Capacitors are used with three different types of motors, the outside fan, the compressor, and the blower motor. Typically when your capacitor fails you will hear a clicking sound coming from where the unit is stored. When this happens we advise you to call a certified HVAC technician right away to prevent further damage to your system, mainly to prevent motor failure. When a start or run capacitor is no linger working and your motor attempts to turn on and instead of activating, it just hums, that is a big red flag. Continuous turn on attempts can cause your motor to burn out. Thus, requiting you to seek replacement.

Here are a few other problems that can cause air conditioning failure after lightning strikes, blown fuses, damaged compressors, or burned wires.

To avoid expensive replacement cost, Strawberry A/C Techs advise you to have your HVAC system inspected following a thunderstorm. Call a Strawberry HVAC technician to schedule an appointment today at (361)334-1728.