While your air conditioner is created to withstand the weather, including rain and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. 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 right away.
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 dangerous situations:
- Deactivate all the electrical controls for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems 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 one out of ten 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, grills, or sandboxes, 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 home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.