While your air conditioner is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Eveready Service Experts for an AC inspection immediately.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from around the area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Eveready Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate 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 issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out completely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can probably 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, hindering 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 10% of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree branches, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Eveready Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating 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.