Air conditioners are designed to endure weather, including rain and snow. However, if your outdoor air conditioner is immersed in standing water from a long downpour, this may critically damage the electrical components in it. Your cooling is most likely to be damaged if the floodwater reaches a foot deep. Still, if the equipment has flooded at all, reach out to D.A. Bennett Service Experts at 518-205-3324 for an air conditioning inspection.
If extreme flooding has occurred or is likely to take place, follow these steps to avoid hurting your air conditioning or creating dangerous operating conditions.
Don’t cover your air conditioner with anything. A plastic sheet won’t protect it from water. Instead, it will draw moisture inside, encourage rust, cause mold growth and give pests an area to hide.
If you reside in a flood-prone location, research placing your air conditioner on an elevated platform. This elevates the equipment above any floodwaters and can save you trouble and expense after the next downpour.
Another way to care for your air conditioning system is to create a retaining wall around it. This option can prevent air conditioner flooding, even as water flows around it. Similarly, you can pile sandbags around the equipment when you realize a storm is on the way.
If hail is expected, you can lay boards of plywood across the top of the air conditioner to protect it from hail damage. Weigh the wood down securely with stones or bricks in case the wind gets stronger.
Don’t run your air conditioner while it’s flooded with water. Doing so could result in an electrical shock hazard or potentially ruin the internal system components.
To skip this damage, switch off the power to the AC and thermostat. The easiest method for completing this is to find the HVAC and thermostat breakers in your junction box and flip them to the “off” position. If you need help, call an air conditioning service company like D.A. Bennett Service Experts.
Once the rain moves on, you want your air conditioner to dry out swiftly. Siphon off standing water, if possible, and pick up any debris from the surrounding area.
Don’t turn on the AC until it has been reviewed by an HVAC technician. Even after it has dried out, utilizing flood-damaged equipment could cause the same hazards as switching on the air conditioning while it’s still underwater. Some problems need days or weeks to begin having symptoms, so it’s smart to keep your unit turned off until you have the go-ahead from an HVAC tech.
While you wait for your appointment, read through your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if flood damage covers your outdoor air conditioning system. If so, take pictures of the damage and submit your claim quickly. If you don’t have flood insurance, you could still be covered if the system has experienced wind or hail damage.
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