- Posted by admin
- On August 7, 2019
- AC, Air Conditioner Tips, Fahrhall, Flooding, Windsor
The outdoor condenser unit is designed to withstand rain, but can be damaged if it’s submerged in water. Unfortunately, in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent areas, it’s not unusual for homeowners to have to deal with large amounts of floodwater — so it’s important to know what to do if your air conditioner has been exposed to high levels of water.
Turn Off Air Conditioner
If there’s a possibility your area will flood, take the precautionary measure of turning off the air conditioner. You should turn off the AC at the thermostat and also turn off all the electrical switches. If you weren’t able to turn off the AC before a storm, make sure to turn it off as soon as you notice floodwater around the system.
Clear Around the Unit
When it’s safe to do so, head outside and clear the condenser of any debris that’s accumulated next to the system and try to remove any standing water. Please make sure that the air conditioner stays off during this time.
Call for an AC Inspection
If floodwater entered the system, there could be damage to the sensitive mechanical and electrical components inside the condenser. It’s recommended to call for a professional inspection before using the AC to ensure that it’s safe and there is no water damage. A certified technician will also be able to clean out the coils and cabinet of any dirt that has built up as a result of the floodwater.
While air conditioners are built to withstand the weather, they are not immune to floodwater damage. If your outdoor unit has been submerged, it’s very likely that there has been damage and you should never run the system before having it inspected and cleaned by a professional.
Since 1967, Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists has been providing reliable heating, cooling, plumbing and air quality service and installation to customers in the Windsor-Essex & Chatham-Kent area.