While your air conditioning unit is built to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches 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 immediately.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:
- Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more damage, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, furniture, 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 conditioning unit is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.