Air conditioners are built to resist elements, including rain and snow. However, if your outdoor air conditioner is submerged in standing water from a large downpour, this could seriously damage the electrical components within. Your cooling is most likely to be damaged if the floodwater exceeds a foot deep. Still, if the unit has flooded at all, reach out to Winnipeg Supply Service Experts at 204-800-0613 for an air conditioning inspection.
If severe flooding has occurred or is likely to take place, follow these directions to avoid harming your AC unit or generating dangerous operating conditions.
Don’t cover your air conditioner with a heavy cloth. A plastic sheet won’t repel water. Instead, it will draw moisture inside, promote rust, hasten mold growth and give pests an area to hide.
If you reside in a flood-prone spot, think about moving your air conditioner on a high floor. This elevates the equipment above any floodwaters and can save you trouble and expense after the next downpour.
Another way to care for your air conditioning system is to build a retaining wall around it. This technique can prevent air conditioner flooding, even as water collects around it. Similarly, you can place sandbags around the equipment when you realize a storm is on the way.
If hail is predicted, you can lay boards of plywood across the top of the air conditioner to shield it from hail damage. Weigh the plywood down safely with stones or bricks in case the wind gets stronger.
Don’t use your air conditioner while it’s flooded with water. Doing so could lead to an electrical shock hazard or even damage the internal system components.
To avoid these problems, switch off the power to the air conditioner and thermostat. The quickest method for accomplishing this is to locate the HVAC and thermostat breakers in your junction box and turn them to the “off” position. If you require a second opinion, get in touch with an air conditioning service company like Winnipeg Supply Service Experts.
Once the rain subsides, you want your AC to dry out as soon as possible. Siphon off standing water, if possible, and pick up any debris from the nearby area.
Don’t run the AC until it has been evaluated by an HVAC professional. Even after it has dried out, running flood-damaged equipment might cause the same hazards as turning on the air conditioning while it’s still under the water. Some problems need days or weeks to begin having symptoms, so it’s smart to keep your air conditioner turned off until you have the go-ahead from an HVAC pro.
While you wait for your appointment, review your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if flood damage protects your outdoor air conditioning system. If so, take pictures of the damage and present your claim right away. If you don’t have flood insurance, you might still be covered if the unit has experienced wind or hail damage.
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