While your air conditioner is built to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding period, call Levy & Son Service Experts for an AC inspection right away.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call Levy & Son Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, 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 probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize 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 conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.
High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Levy & Son Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.