Your air conditioning system is meant to withstand the elements to a certain extent, but do you know what to do if your AC system floods? Living in Georgia, rainstorms can hit hard and come on suddenly, so it's important for you to know what to do if damage occurs. At Shriver Mechanical, Inc., we offer a wide variety of air conditioning services in Marietta, including water damage repairs. If you experience damage, here are the first steps to take.
Your AC system is made up of a lot of moving parts and electrical components, so sitting in any kind of water for any reason can cause damage and is also a threat to your safety. Before inspecting your AC for any potential damage caused by water, disconnect all electricity to the system.
Although water would need to reach almost the depth of a foot to cause severe damage, don't take any risks when it comes to dealing with water and electricity. Call a professional for an inspection as soon as flooding occurs. A professional can also help with electricity disconnection if you're uncomfortable doing so.
While waiting for a pro, remove any debris from the surrounding area and dry around the outside of the air conditioner as much as possible. It's important to remove any excess water you can safely reach. But don't feel like you have to get every drop of water—that's what the pros are for!
If you are hoping to save time and effort if severe weather hits by covering your system with a tarp, know this can most likely cause more damage than leaving it exposed. It won't be able to properly air out, which can lead to rust and other issues.
Extreme weather is something that will happen, but as long as you put the inspection and repairs in the right hands you have nothing to worry about. A proper inspection will also pick up on things you may not even be able to see without a closer look, such as loose sticks and leaves that may have been blown inside by strong wind and could cause additional damage.