While your air conditioner is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Falso Service Experts for an AC inspection immediately.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:
- Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance company to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Falso Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring also brings 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 typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.
High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Falso Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.