Can Rain Damage My Air Conditioner?

It’s officially summertime and anyone who lives on Florida’s East Coast knows what that means: swelteringly hot days paired with heavy afternoon thunderstorms. As the rain becomes a daily occurrence and tropical storms and hurricanes begin to threaten the area, many Brevard County homeowners worry that the inclement weather may damage their air conditioners.

Fortunately, the outdoor components of central air conditioners and heat pump systems are designed to withstand the elements. However when the weather gets especially bad, there are measures worth taking before and after the storm to make sure your AC stays safe.

How to Protect Your AC From Heavy Rain Damage

The outdoor equipment in your air conditioning system is essentially rainproof. When it comes to those daily afternoon storms that we are all too familiar with, you don’t have to worry about your AC sustaining damage. While some homeowners feel the need to cover their AC with a plastic covering or tarp when it’s raining, doing so could actually end up harming your system. Covering your condenser unit can restrict airflow and can even lead to water damage and rust! So, even if the storm is heavy, it’s best to leave your unit uncovered.

How to Protect Your AC From Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

Rain won’t hurt your AC, but the high winds from tropical storms and hurricanes might. When winds are strong enough that leaves, small branches and other debris fly through your yard, it may be a good idea to cover your condenser unit. This will save you some trouble when cleaning up later on. If you know a storm is about to hit and it is still safe to be outside, you can take preventative action by cleaning up loose branches and anything else in your yard that may get picked up by the wind. After the storm is over, it’s important to clear the debris that has made it’s way to your AC unit to prevent damage.

Keep Your AC Running in All Kinds of Weather!

Summer, winter, spring and fall – you need your AC system to run smoothly all year long. At Colman Heating & Air, our experienced technicians are here to keep you comfortable in your home no matter what the weather is like outside. If you’re in need of a quick and reliable AC repair, give us a call or schedule service online today.

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