While your air conditioner is built to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair 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 pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call TML Service Experts for a safety inspection as soon as possible.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:
- Deactivate all the electrical controls for your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help assist you with 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 air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call TML Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more damage, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring escorts in 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 normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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 air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call TML Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.