While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot 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 as soon as possible.
If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:
- Disable all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more problems, 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 escorts in hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.