Central AC Struck by Lightning? Here’s What You Should Do!

air conditioner installation in Wake Forest NCSummertime in North Carolina is often punctuated by strong storms and severe weather. Power outages as a result of these storms can damage your air conditioning unit, but did you know that lightning can strike your unit and cause catastrophic damage? During an electrical storm, lightning may fry the inside of your external air conditioning unit, causing it to malfunction or suffer irreversible damage. If you're unit needs replacing, call Choice. Ask for a free estimate for air conditioner installation in Wake Forest NC.

In some cases, you may not know that your air conditioning unit has been hit until the power in your area has been restored or until you notice that your home is heating up rather than cooling down. As soon as you suspect that the storm damaged your air conditioner, take pictures of the outside unit and the area around the component. Note the date and approximate time of the storm, whether you heard any strange noises, and whether there was a loss of power. These details can be important when making a claim to your insurance company.

While it is not possible to prevent a direct lightning strike to your unit, there are some precautions you can take to help prevent damage to your unit as a result of the storm. Ask a certified HVAC technician from Choice Heating and Air Conditioning to install a surge suppressor on your unit. This equipment can significantly lower the risk of damages caused by nearby lightning strikes or power surges. Also, turning your unit off during the storm can help prevent damage caused by a power surge.

After the storm has passed, assess your air conditioner by turning the unit back on and checking the thermostat to see whether it is on and has power going to it. If the thermostat fails to turn, check the circuit breaker to the unit and try again. Keep in mind that the newer programmable thermostats have battery operated displays, so you may need to replace the battery for the display to work. However, if the thermostat fails to function or the air conditioning unit does not turn on, it's time to call an HVAC professional.

At Choice Heating and Air Conditioning, we proudly offer our customers an upfront pricing guarantee for air conditioner installation in Wake Forest NC. You can trust that you will know how much your repairs and parts will be before work in your home begins. There are no surprise hidden fees or charges with us. We believe in quality work done right at an honest and fair price. We proudly offer planned maintenance agreements that can help you protect your budget and keep your air conditioning unit running great for a low annual fee. Maintenance agreement customers enjoy two system maintenance checks per year, parts at a reduced rate, and a priority position for all service call needs.

If spring storms have damaged your air conditioner, or your energy costs are slowly rising, it may be time for a new air conditioning unit from Choice Heating and Air Conditioning. Call today and schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our heating and cooling experts!

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