While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the elements, including heavy showers 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 flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.
If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:
- Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more damage, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, also. Annually 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 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.
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 unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working 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.