While your AC system is created to withstand the elements, including rain and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection right away.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:
- Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out completely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.
High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.