While your AC system is created to withstand the elements, including rain and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot 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 as soon as possible.
If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:
- Deactivate all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance expert 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 surrounding area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of 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 a tenth 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 things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, 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 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.