How Flooding Can Affect Your Air Conditioner

AC Units Are Built Tough

First of all, it’s good to remember that your AC unit is designed to withstand rain, snow, and even hail. Still, heavy rains and high winds can carry projectiles and other debris that may damage the fan grill. Always check your outside unit following a storm to see if anything has lodged on the exterior.

DON’T cover your unit with plastic wrap or garbage bags. Moisture and condensation can build up and become trapped inside the system, rotting wire and rubber and corroding and rusting metal parts. The lack of ventilation also promotes the growth of mold and mildew, and creates an attractive nesting ground for insects and vermin.

DO have your unit professionally inspected before you restart it if you experience severe flooding following heavy rain.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call us to help you complete the process.
  • Allow your AC unit to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call us today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is working safely and efficiently.

2017-09-06T09:55:07+00:00 September 6th, 2017|