As periods of heavy rain often show, Sarasota, Florida, is prone to flooding after even a few inches of rainfall. As we approach the rainy season, it is important to think about how flooding can affect your air conditioner. When a seasonal rain turns into a continual downpour, will your outdoor AC unit make it? While most air conditioners are built to withstand water intrusion, they can become inoperable if the equipment is even partially submerged under water. Here’s what you need to know about protecting the outdoor unit from flood damage.
Flood-Proof the Equipment
Outdoor AC units are typically installed on a durable base to provide support for the heavyweight equipment. Two effective ways to safeguard the equipment from floods is to raise the base or install a floodwall around the unit. A qualified contractor can survey the site, determine the best choice, and ensure that everything is built to code.
Opinions are mixed as to whether it’s a good idea to cover your outdoor unit. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends this practice for protection against winter weather, but the strategy can backfire during a flood. Impermeable tarps can trap moisture inside the unit and cause damage. Covering the top of the unit, however, can help keep the rain at bay.
After the Deluge
No matter what precautions you take to protect your air conditioner, have the equipment inspected after floodwaters recede. Professional maintenance service will ensure that the unit is clean and operating properly. If the system is damaged, you’ll have no choice but to invest in a replacement. The monthly savings you’ll enjoy with a high-efficiency AC system makes it a more cost-effective solution than repairing flood-damaged equipment.
At All American Heating & Cooling, our extensive experience makes us the go-to source in Sarasota for reliable information about HVAC systems. To learn more about the importance of AC maintenance and quality installations, visit our FAQ page or call (941) 451-5228 today to speak with one of our qualified techs.
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