While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible 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 period, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts for a safety inspection immediately.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:
- Turn off all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Rolf Griffin Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This can 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 April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems 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 AC system may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit 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 bushes, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is running 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.