While your AC system is made to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit 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 air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Epperson Service Experts for a safety inspection as soon as possible.
If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:
- Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Epperson Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC 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 system to air out entirely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit 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 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 things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Epperson Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is working 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.