While your air conditioner is made to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components. 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 Coastal Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection right away.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:
- Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Coastal Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more issues, including not allowing the system to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system 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 a tenth of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Coastal Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit 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.