As we’ve seen recently, we can get some pretty severe weather here in the southwest. Despite our heat and desert conditions most of the year, rain storms are common and can cause a great deal of damage. Rain and other types of weather can definitely do some damage to your air conditioner. In fact, excess rain or water near your unit can flood and severely damage your air conditioner. You’ll want to work with our professionals at Bruce’s Air in Chandler, AZ for most things. However, there are things you can do to prepare your air conditioner and HVAC system for impending storms or inclement weather.
Preparation For Storms And Mother-Nature
One thing you’ll want to do is make sure your system is installed properly and anchored securely. You will also want to keep the ground near your air conditioner free and clear of any excessive growth of plants or grass. If you know there’s a storm coming, you may want to turn off the unit entirely (if possible) and cover it securely with some kind of tarp. Unless it’s excessively hot (which could be the case here in Arizona!), this is a good precautionary measure to take to avoid a short circuit or electrical damage.
Other things to consider during heavy rainstorms are the objects in the yard near where the air conditioning unit is located. Items such as toys, grilling equipment, patio furniture and lawn tools can become dangerous when the wind tosses them about. They can also cause damage to parts of your home, including the air conditioner. As a general rule, remove all toys, patio furniture, grilling equipment and other debris you feel may cause damage to your air conditioner.
Additional Help Might Be Needed
One of the best things you can install in your home is a sump pump. A sump pump will help prevent water damage to your air conditioning unit. They do this by automatically activating whenever the water levels in the air conditioning basin reach a certain depth. The excess water is pumped up and out of the location, keeping water away from the air conditioner unit and causing further damage.
Remember! When you need air conditioning service, look no further than Bruce’s. We’re your go-to source, rain or shine, 365 days-a-year.