While your air conditioner is created to withstand the weather, including precipitation and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair 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 components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call San Antonio Air Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Deactivate all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call San Antonio Air Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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 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 items picked up by the wind, like tree branches, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call San Antonio Air Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.