Is Rain Damaging your Air Conditioner?
Jul 15, 2016
Summer storms are booming through our afternoons and building up to high-humidity evenings. In between the sunshine and picturesque beaches, we have to take precaution against storms that can get pretty intense and leave our lawns waterlogged.
No amount of rain will keep the summer heat from dropping though! Our air conditioners remain a Floridian’s best friend throughout the summer season.
But when is the rain too much? When is it time to take extra precaution against these summer storms?
FL Green Team has the answers!
“Is rain damaging my air conditioner?”
Southwest Florida rain may be creating slick roads and small lakes in our front yards, but it’s not harming your air conditioner.
Thankfully, AC manufacturers made sure to keep the natural elements in mind when creating reliable, durable units. Our air conditioners are designed so rain, hail, and other elements don’t harm the delicate parts of the system.
There can be extreme circumstances that can be a cause for major concern. Heavy rain and the risk of flooding can cause significant damage. Your air conditioner should never be at risk to be submerged under water. This is, however, an extreme circumstance and is a rare risk in southwest Florida.
“Should I use a cover on my air conditioner?”
Air conditioners are made of the evaporator coil, which is inside, and the compressor unit is located outside of your home. That big bulky bit outside of your home is designed with Florida in mind. It’s able to withstand strong winds, rain, and hail.
Covering you air conditioner can keep it safe from debris, however using a tarp or garbage bag can have adverse effects.
If you choose to cover you air conditioner while you’re away or to keep it safe from debris, make sure you use a light, breathable material. Using a plastic material can trap rain water and condensation, causing your system to rust and corrode. The moisture and hot temperature can also create a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
“How can I protect my air conditioner in a storm?”
Hurricanes are a serious cause for concern in southwest Florida.
If a hurricane is on its way be sure to;
- Turn off your air conditioner before the storm.
- Cover your outdoor unit with a tarp or sturdy material to protect from heavy debris.
- If you have a portable air conditioner or window unit, remove the unit and carefully seal the window and any openings.
“What if I need help?!”
Rain or shine, our technicians are specifically trained to work on and maintain HVAC units. If summer storms have you worried about the state of your AC, don’t hesitate to call a professional.