While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand the weather, including heavy showers 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 severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call A-PLUS Service Experts for a safety inspection immediately.
If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:
- Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove 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 completed. Call A-PLUS Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out entirely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring 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 probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner 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 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 bushes, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call A-PLUS Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running 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.