While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Strogen's Service Experts for a safety inspection right away.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:
- Disable all the electrical controls for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service company to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Strogen's Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are harmed by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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 items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Strogen's Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.