Not every home has to worry about flooding, but it can be a serious reality for many. While you may be concerned about that water getting into your home, you also need to be concerned for your air conditioner. Even if your home didn’t flood, an air conditioner could have been exposed to standing water. Do you know what to do when it is?v
If the flood waters are starting to rise, it is important to shut off the electrical switches and gas valves to the air conditioner. This prevents gas leaks and shocks that can be dangerous to anyone nearby. Unfortunately, there is often nothing else that can be done for your unit before a flood.
After the waters have retreated, that is when the real work begins. You will still want to avoid connecting it to the electricity or gas. Now what is important is to dry it out as quickly as possible. You will want to clear any debris around the AC unit and make sure that there is none on the inside. Air conditioners are designed to be pretty efficient at draining away any condensation that is produced, but will struggle to dry out if there is debris around or inside it. This trapped moisture can cause the unit to rust.
After your have allowed your air conditioner to dry, you will want to have it inspected before turning it back on again. An air conditioning technician will not only look for and remove dirt and rust caused by water exposure, but they will check the electrical components. The wiring in your unit and your home will need to be checked to ensure that it is safe to turn on your air conditioner again.
Unfortunately, your air conditioner doesn’t need to endure a flood to start having problems. If your air conditioner is having issues and you need it fixed up fast, contact us today. Let the Air Doctor care for your HVAC system to keep it healthy.