While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Knochelmann Service Experts for an AC inspection as soon as possible.
If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:
- Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Knochelmann Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out entirely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by 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 air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.
Intense 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, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Knochelmann Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit 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.