While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the elements, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare for a safety inspection immediately.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:
- Turn off 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 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 the immediate area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system 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 unit to air out completely 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 conditioners 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 air conditioner 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 AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.
High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.