While your air conditioning unit is built to withstand the elements, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe 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 at all, call Broad Ripple Service Experts for a safety inspection right away.
If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:
- Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance company to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your AC system 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 conditioner inspection has been done. Call Broad Ripple Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out completely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioner 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 air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.
Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Broad Ripple Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.