The spring and summer months can bring a lot of rain to Illinois. While air conditioning units are built to withstand the outdoor elements, there are times when unusual amounts of rain and wind can cause your unit to be stuck in standing water. If your air conditioner is situated in a place where it can get flooded, it's important to know how to handle it.
An air conditioning unit sitting in standing water can cause severe damage to the internal electrical components and moving parts. The water typically needs to be about 15 inches deep to have a negative impact on the unit, but you should schedule an inspection if there has been any flooding at all.
If your A/C unit has flooded, there are certain things you should do to avoid causing more damage to the unit, and to avoid creating a dangerous environment. Disable the electrical switches for the A/C system; if you're not sure how, call Golden Seal Service Experts to guide you through the process. Allow the unit to dry out, and clear any standing water and debris from the area, if possible.
Don't turn the air conditioning unit back on until it has been professionally inspected. It's important to ensure that the equipment will work safely and effectively. Don't cover the unit with a tarp; this could prevent the system from airing out completely, which is necessary to remove the moisture that could cause rust and corrosion down the road.
During storm season, your area may experience hail storms and high winds as well. Hail can cause damage inside an A/C unit, due to restricted air flow, that isn't visible from the outside. Debris from high winds can cause similar issues.
To keep your air conditioning system running safely and efficiently during storm season, call Golden Seal Service Experts for a full inspection and safety check.
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174