While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including rain and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant 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 whatsoever, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts for a safety inspection immediately.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Rob's Albertan Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts 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 home is under a serious storm warning.