While your air conditioner is created to withstand the elements, including rain and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner 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 an AC inspection right away.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:
- Deactivate all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more damage, including not allowing the system to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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.
Strong 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 bushes, furniture, or unattached enclosures, 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 working safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.