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Clearing Ice and Snow From HVAC Unit

Ice and snow can be troublesome for outdoor HVAC units. Although they are built to withstand harsh weather, HVAC units still need adequate air flow to work properly. Homeowners should take precaution to avoid the trouble inclement weather can bring this fall and winter.

Can Snow or Ice Be Dangerous For My HVAC System?

The biggest threat snow and ice can impose to an HVAC system is inefficient operation. When snow and ice enclose a unit, the system can freeze up triggering an emergency shut-off. If the heat is cut off from your home for too long pipes can begin to freeze and in a worse case burst resulting in serious property damage.

Snow and Ice Maintenance

Keeping your HVAC unit clear of snow and ice is crucial to maintaining its optimal performance in the fall and winter. Here are a few tips for cleaning and maintaining your HVAC this fall:

  • Only use a broom or brush to remove snow or ice. DO not use sharp objects to pry or chisel as it may damage the HVAC unit.
  • When removing snow or debris away from the heat pump, be careful not to touch the condenser. The condenser has a series of fins that allow the heat pump to transfer heat
  • Clear away any icicles that may have formed in the gutters above the HVAC unit. Icicles can fall and possibly damage the unit
  • Get a tune-up before cold weather arrives. This will assure your HVAC system is running at peak performance before snow and ice become an issue.

Now is the time to prepare your HVAC units for what may come this fall and winter. Give Bradley Mechanical a call at (804) 748-6728 and our professionals will help with all of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning needs. HVAC maintenance, repair or installation – we do it all.