Rainy Day Air Conditioner Maintenance Overview for When It Pours and Floods

North Texas doesn’t always get rain in May, but when we do, it pours. Recently we received more than seven inches in the DFW Metroplex and we’ve had nearly 19 inches from the beginning of the year. Are there special rainy day air conditioner tips to deal with storms and potential floods? We’re so glad you asked. Today we cover the care of your AC unit in heavy rains.

First, Breathe. Your AC Unit Is Durable.

Especially if you have a newer model, take heart that your air conditioner is supposed to handle weather. The outdoor compressor includes internal components that were tested against the elements and are protected. You can always invest in a cover for greater peace of mind. If you get a unit from Trane, they absolutely run their units through multiple tests, including a week-long salt spray bath to protect against corrosion. These systems are airtight.

Flooding Can Cause Risks

We just said your air conditioner is fine in rain, but it may not necessarily be fine in a flood. Should a flood occur (and they sure do in the spring and sometimes early summer), you may need to have a service technician come survey for damages. If a unit completely becomes immersed in water, this could cause permanent damage. Also, debris, like tree branches, may also crush or harm your system. If you experience unusual weather and suspect any damage, be prepared to call out a professional.

Check Your Air Conditioner After a Storm

When the storm blows over and the rain stops, you can run through a little checklist before you decide whether to have a technician out. Check for extreme water submersion and inspect vents to see if any objects are blocking the outflow. Also, keep in mind that excess water can create mold. After things dry out, walk through your home and explore your HVAC system for possible mold and other accumulated debris. For more information on cleaning mold yourself, read this DIY blog post.

Storms can also bring bacteria and other pollutants. You’ll want to likely remove and rinse out your air compressor and even consider replacing your air filter to make sure you’re starting with a fresh system.

You also may want to inspect and clean out your ducts after a particularly bad storm. You never know what sort of debris may have been lodged in there or what may be harboring refuge in the nooks of your HVAC system.

We’re hitting the time of year where we see more rain, but we may not be in the clear. Also, it’s always good to be prepared for next year’s monsoons. For more information on proper care of your air conditioner in the elements, give us a call today at 817-238-1616.

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