While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts for an AC inspection immediately.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:
- Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the system to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see 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 one out of ten of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely 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, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working 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.