While your AC system is built to withstand the weather, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential 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 pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Roland J. Down Service Experts for a safety inspection right away.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:
- Disable all the electrical controls for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Roland J. Down Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the system to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 one out of ten of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Roland J. Down Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.