Air conditioners are designed to resist weather, such as rain and snow. However, if your outdoor air conditioner is flooded with standing water from a torrential downpour, this might critically damage the electrical components in it. Your AC unit is most likely to get damaged if the floodwater rises above a foot deep. Still, if the system has flooded at all, contact Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare at 289-813-5566 for an air conditioning inspection.
If extreme flooding has occurred or is likely to take place, follow these instructions to avoid harming your air conditioning or generating dangerous operating conditions.
Don’t cover your air conditioner with a tarp. A plastic sheet won’t repel water. Instead, it will bring moisture inside, encourage rust, cause mold growth and give critters a place to hide.
If you live in a flood-prone area, consider placing your air conditioner on an elevated floor. This elevates the machinery above potential floodwaters and can save you stress and expense when you have to deal with the next downpour.
Another way to safeguard your air conditioning unit is to install a retaining wall around it. This structure can help you avoid air conditioner flooding, even as water collects around it. Similarly, you can place sandbags around the system when you are alerted a storm is on the way.
If hail is expected, you can place boards of plywood across the top of the air conditioner to protect it from hail damage. Weigh the plywood down safely with stones or bricks in case the wind begins gusting.
Don’t turn on your AC while it’s surrounded by water. Doing so could result in an electrical shock hazard or potentially ruin the internal system components.
To skip this damage, turn off the power to the air conditioner and thermostat. The fastest method for accomplishing this is to locate the HVAC and thermostat breakers in your junction box and switch them to the “off” position. If you require assistance, get in touch with an air conditioning service company like Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare.
Once the rain subsides, you want your AC to dry out quickly. Draw away standing water, if possible, and clean any debris from the immediate area.
Don’t start the AC until it has been evaluated by an HVAC professional. Even after it has dried out, using flood-damaged equipment might present the same hazards as turning on the air conditioning while it’s still underwater. Some problems require days or weeks to begin showing symptoms, so it’s ideal to keep your air conditioner turned off until you get the go-ahead from an HVAC tech.
While you wait for your technician to arrive, read through your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if flood damage secures your outdoor air conditioning system. If so, take photos of the damage and process your claim quickly. If you don’t have flood insurance, you might still be covered if the air conditioner has sustained wind or hail damage.
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