With the cold and snowy climate in Broomfield, CO, knowing how to prevent damage to your outdoor HVAC unit from snow and ice is one of the most important things when it comes to taking care of your home and HVAC system. Not only can ice and snow shut your system down when you need it most, but it can cause other problems. Below are four reasons to remove ice and snow from your outdoor unit as soon as possible.
1. Affects Airflow
Snow and ice buildup make it harder for air to flow properly through your HVAC system. Ice and snow buildup at the intake vents prevents proper air intake. Since heat pumps discharge air upward, it’s also important to clear the top of your unit so your HVAC unit doesn’t have to use more energy to dispel air.
2. Ice and Snow Can Damage Coil Fins and Fans
Ice and snow can damage your unit in more ways than one. When melted ice and snow make their way into your unit and they refreeze, the ice expands, causing damage to the coil fins and fans inside the unit by bending them. Icicles, and falling ice in general, can cause damage as well.
3. Prevent Drainage Buildup
During the cold months, you need to periodically check your condensate drain to ensure the exit isn’t frozen or covered in snow. Snow and ice covering the drain line allow the moisture inside to freeze, which causes the water to back up into the home. The backed-up water then causes additional problems which eventually impact indoor air quality.
4. Ice and Snow Can Shorten Equipment Lifespan
As a homeowner, you want your HVAC system to last as long as possible. With routine planned maintenance, your HVAC system should last between 10 and 15 years, if not longer.
If you suspect an issue with your HVAC system, don’t wait until it’s too late. We know there’s nothing more important than providing a comfortable home. Contact us at Vectra Mechanical HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing today for all your HVAC repair needs.
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