While your air conditioner is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Kingston Home Services by Enercare for an air conditioner inspection right away.
If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Deactivate all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance company to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Kingston Home Services by Enercare and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more damage, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize 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 a tenth 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 objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Kingston Home Services by Enercare today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.