While your air conditioner is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Sunbeam Service Experts for an AC inspection right away.
If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:
- Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Sunbeam Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more problems, 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. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.
Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Sunbeam Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.