While your air conditioning unit is built to withstand the elements, including rain and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Peachtree Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove 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 completed. Call Peachtree 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 may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 air conditioner 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 entirely replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Peachtree Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.