While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant 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 Service Experts Commercial HVAC for a safety inspection right away.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:
- Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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 conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully 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 tree branches, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working 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.