While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand the elements, including rain and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection immediately.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Deactivate all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioner 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 conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.
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 home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.