Snow In An HVAC Unit: What To Do


Snowy winter days are ones we should all cherish and enjoy. Who doesn’t love grabbing the sled or throwing snowballs at their siblings? As fun as the snow is, it can also cause a myriad of problems in your HVAC system. Your HVAC system is the foundation for comfortable living at home this winter, so you should know the danger that snow poses to your day-to-day comfort, as well as how to prevent and remove snow in an HVAC unit. 

The Dangers

Snow in an HVAC unit is one of the last things you want to happen this winter. What’s the big deal, you might ask? Snow can actually disrupt airflow in your home in a major way. If too much snow accumulates outside, it could seep through your outdoor unit and into your ventilation system, which will lead to all sorts of problems. If you have a heat pump, your situation could be more dire. A snow pile up could halt airflow entirely, especially if the snow freezes, all leading to a critical heating failure. Regardless of the type of system you have, unwanted moisture entering your home can also cause rust and mold. 


To prevent these kinds of issues from arising, you should act early. If the weather forecasts prolonged snowfall, you should consider covering your outdoor unit (in a nonobstructive way!). There are plenty of places to buy a heat pump cover — try looking for one at your local appliance store. If you don’t want to spend additional money or put together a makeshift cover, then get ready to shovel! You can repeatedly clear the way as the snow falls to maintain proper airflow inside. 

Removing Snow

Uh oh, there’s snow in your HVAC system. Is it time to panic? The answer is no, but you should not wait any longer to get this issue fixed. Even if you think you’re equipped to deal with this situation yourself, you should still call an HVAC specialist to take a look at your system. We  suggest attempting to clear snow out of the way of your outdoor unit before you have someone inspect it, so the unit can be easily accessed. Snow in an HVAC unit is obviously something you don’t want to deal with, so if you hire a professional, such as one of Quality Home HVAC’s experts, you can rest assured that you’re receiving the best quality service. If you’re ever in need, give us a call and we’ll help you out!

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