While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including rain and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your AC 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 serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts for an AC inspection immediately.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out properly and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize 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 conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
High 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, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running 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.
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