While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner 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 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding period, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection immediately.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:
- Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance company to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more damage, including not allowing the unit to air out entirely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are harmed by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner 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 air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full air conditioning 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.