While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:
- Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Leave your AC system off 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 conditioning system safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more damage, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out entirely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system 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 conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.
Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full AC 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.