Hurricane Florence has come and gone, and homeowners in Charlotte, North Carolina, are starting to recover from the storm. While residents along the coastline suffered the brunt of Florence’s fury, residents in Charlotte still experienced periods of heavy rain and strong winds that caused damage. Read on to learn how to repair storm-related electrical damage in your HVAC system.
Follow These Steps to Restart Your HVAC System
The main purpose of a circuit breaker is to protect your electrical equipment. Power outages can lead to surges that trip the circuit breakers in your home. If a power surge has tripped the circuit breaker for your HVAC system, it’s vital that you know how to reset it correctly. Take these steps to reset the circuit breaker for your HVAC system:
- Turn your HVAC system OFF at the thermostat.
- Find the circuit breaker in the electrical panel for your HVAC system.
- Turn the switch to OFF and then back to ON to reset the external circuit breaker.
- Leave the HVAC system OFF, and wait 30 minutes.
- Turn the HVAC system ON after 30 minutes.
If your HVAC system still doesn’t turn on, it likely has electrical damage.
Look for Storm Damage In and Around Your Home
If your HVAC system isn’t turning on after resetting the circuit breaker, take a walk around your house and look for signs of electrical damage. Here are the most common signs of storm-related electrical damage in a home:
- Electric meters torn off your home’s exterior
- Uprooted trees and downed power lines in the street or yard
- Flooding around your exterior outlets or outdoor HVAC unit
Seek Help From a Professional Electrician
Mixing electricity with water is a recipe for disaster. Trying to repair any storm-related electrical damage after a severe storm can cause serious injury and even death. If your home’s electrical appliances aren’t turning on, contact Air Today at 704-893-1230 right away. We’ll work to restore your sense of safety and comfort as soon as possible.
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