This experience has forced me to make the decision to take down the rest of the trees close to the house
Whew! That was quiet the storm. It sounded like a war zone outside. The thunder and lighting were cracking, debris flying everywhere and trees coming down. Living where these storms are “normal” during the late summer and early fall can be a challenge. I went out to check out the damage from this last one and my heart sunk as I saw the remnants of my HVAC outdoor unit. A large tree had fallen directly on it and crushed it flat. The power was out on our whole street anyway but I headed to the basement to cut the breaker to the unit. I didn’t want an electrical fire on top of everything else. With no power, air conditioning, and the mess to clean up, it was going to be a very long couple of days. First, I called my HVAC dealer on the cell phone and left a message for them to send someone as soon as possible, then I headed to the shed for the chain saw so I could remove the tree. It was nearly 80 degrees and I almost cried as I realized that, not only would I be hot and sweaty until I could get the unit replaced, the expense would be very high. I do have insurance and i knew that they would help with the replacement costs but I didn’t want to wait for that so I would just pay for it upfront. This experience has forced me to make the decision to take down the rest of the trees close to the house. I can’t afford to replace my HVAC system due to another storm in the future.