How Monsoon/Dust Storms in Phoenix Arizona Wreak Havoc on AC Units

Phoenix, Arizona is an area of untethered beauty, and most people who live or have visited the place will agree. However, it has a rather peculiar weather pattern that is astonishing in many regards. Take the summer monsoon season, where Phoenix and the entire Arizona region experiences the dreaded combination of intense thunderstorms, high winds, and dust clouds that can reach thousands of feet in height. Nonetheless, when living in this region, one gets used to these phenomena.

However, the air conditioning system does not. While every AC system is designed with the exterior components being reinforced and hardened withstand mother nature’s fury, being bombarded with sandstorms, hail storm, and even lightning bolts can take a toll on the resilience of the system.

With this in mind, we will explore some of the various ways sandstorm wreak havoc on AC systems, the preventive measures that Phoenix residents should take to mitigate potential damage on their cooling systems and cost associated with fixing AC units when various forms of damages do occur.  Sometimes the damage even requires a new AC installation.

2 inch hail ball that damaged an AC unit

AC Damage During The Monsoon

During the monsoon, the environmental conditions under which the AC is working are not typical due to the extreme weather phenomena. Therefore, you can expect the entire HVAC or its subsystems to suffer a bit. For starters, due to the dust storms, there is more dust in the air. This situation results in clogged air filters much faster than usual. If the air filter is not changed, you can expect the airflow through the system to be negatively impacted resulting increased inefficiency. Additionally, the system will overwork to overcome the inefficiency. Such as a situation will negatively impact the life of the system and cause an increased frequency of component failures and system breakdowns.

A problem that s quite prominent during the monsoon season is the increased cases of lightning. With torrential rainstorms the norm, Phoenix also experiences increased frequency of lightning. This increases the risk of HVAC destroying electrical surges exponentially. Furthermore, the combination of dust storms, gusty winds, and torrential rains occur, they affect the power line, increasing the possibility of power surges when the lines get entangled.

There is also an issue of the dust collecting in the drain lines. When ample dust accumulates in the drain line, it is clogged, resulting in excess moisture build up in the drain pan. This affects the cooling capability of your AC, resulting in energy wastage.

Monsoon dust storm sweeping across PhoenixDamage Prevention Tips

There are several suggestions that you can observe to protect your HVAC systems. While you cannot protect your system entirely from damage, the combination of the following tips will work to decrease the chance of system failures emanating from sand and hail storms.

Tip #1. Invest In A Whole-House Electricity Surge Protector – During the Monsoon seasons; lighting is a risk that cannot be ignored. Additionally, the risk of falling power line and the associated power surges require that you have an efficient and capable power surge protection unit. While most homeowners think that a power strip will suffice, in most cases it does not. With this in mind, you should contemplate buying a whole-house power surge protector, which will keep all your electrical appliances, not just our HVAC system, safe.

Tip #2. Trim Your Trees – The risk of having weak tree branches lurking on your tree are all well known to homeowners. With the torrential summer rains and the gusty winds blowing strongly, it is essential to ensure that there will be no tree branches falling on your AC. As such, you need to trim all the trees surrounding your house for the safety of your AC as well as the safety of your entire property.

Tip #3. Have A Preferred HVAC Contractor In Your Contact Beforehand – It common practice for people to have their doctors contact with them at all time, just in case you have an emergency, and you need to contact someone. The same situation applies to HVACs. You need to identify an HVAC contractor who you can trust before the monsoon season kicks-off. In doing this, you ready yourself for any eventuality, and you do not have to scramble trying to identify an HVAC technical you can trust when you are desperate.

Tip #4. Have Your HVAC’s Ductwork Inspected And Properly Sealed Beforehand – During a dust storm, dust particles are forced through all opening available in your house, including the attic’s vents and other unintended openings. This allows a lot of dust to accumulate inside the attic. If your ductwork is poorly sealed, there is a possibility of the dust finding its way into the ductwork, and after that being flushing into your house when you start using the AC. To avoid such a scenario, have professional HVAC technicians inspect your entire ductwork right before the start of the monsoon season. If there are any leaked, have them sealed.

Tip #5. Have Your HVAC System Serviced – If you have skipped on any scheduled maintenance, it is time to reschedule the maintenance service. You should have your HVAC system serviced right before the start of the monsoon season. This will ensure that everything in your HVAC unit is working correctly and nothing is susceptible to failures and breakdowns.

Tip # 6. Stock Up On Right-Sized Air Filters – With so much dust swirling around in Phoenix during the monsoon months, you can be sure that your air filters will get clogs quite frequently. As such, you should purchase an ample stock of air filters to ensure that whenever a change is necessary, you have the right inputs for the task.

Cost Associated With Fixing The Unit

In some cases, the cost associated with fixing the unit can be somewhat difficult to estimate. For instance, if you consider the repairs done due to a homeowner not being active in taking care of their AC system during the monsoon season, understanding every aspect that contributes to fixing problems that arise during the monsoon can be difficult.

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