While your air conditioner is built to withstand the elements, including precipitation and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. 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 Winnipeg Supply Service Experts for a safety inspection right away.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:
- Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair company 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.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could 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 rain, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can typically 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, hindering the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioner 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.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.