Can the Rain Damage My Air Conditioner?

Florida is notorious for rainy summer seasons. But when excess rain and flooding poses a potential threat to your home, you may be concerned whether or not your air conditioning system is safe. After all, the outdoor component of your air conditioning system is exposed to the elements 24 hours a day.

The good news is that, for the most part, you should have nothing to worry about. Your air conditioner is built tough and is designed to operate normally even during a rain storm. Learn more about rain and your AC below.

Possible Damage Resulting From A Rain Storm

While your air conditioning system can easily fend for itself during a rainstorm, during periods of particularly strong winds, you do need to be mindful of your system. Strong winds can cause tree branches to break and fall on top of the condenser unit while leaves and debris may also be blown inside the unit as well. After a severe storm, you should do a visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your air conditioner to make sure that nothing was damaged and clean out the debris as necessary.

If the rain causes a flood in your area and your unit was submerged, turn off the breaker connected to the unit. The unit should be checked by an HVAC professional for any damage to the coils or electrical components.

No Need To Cover From The Rain

Avoid covering up your air conditioning unit in an air-tight cover with the intention of keeping water out. Not only is it not necessary, but you may cause more harm. The cover can impede air circulation and trap in condensation inside the unit. Over time, that may lead to corrosion of the metal parts.

When In Doubt, Call In The Professionals at Weather Engineers

If you notice anything about your air conditioner that concerns you after a rainstorm, do not take a chance and ignore it. A small problem can grow into a bigger one if you do not take care of it in a timely manner. Call Weather Engineers for an appointment or schedule one online. We will send out one of our experts to evaluate the condition of your AC unit to make sure that nothing was damaged.

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