Your air conditioner condenser is durable and extremely resilient to inclement weather. However, in extreme cases, there are a few preventative measures you should take to ensure the safety of your cooling system. A few minutes of preparing could help protect AC condensers during our turbulent summer storms.
Wind and Rain
One of the top priorities should be to ensure your AC condenser is secured safely on a cement slab. Although the condenser is heavy, it can still suffer significant damage and costly repairs if it’s knocked around during strong wind gusts. Additionally, while condensers can withstand rain, they are not meant to be submerged. A flooded unit could result in costly repairs or require total AC replacement. Excessive rainfall and high winds could also cause mud, leaves and other debris to spray into the unit that could damage the condenser fan grille. Always inspect your unit after a summer storm to ensure it’s still in good working order.
Another concern with high winds is the threat of objects flying into the unit causing damage. Debris such as fallen tree branches, shingles and even outdoor furniture can hit your unit and cause expensive repairs. Take a moment to protect AC condensers by ensuring your yard is free of objects that could pose a threat during summer storms with strong wind gusts.
The hot, humid summer conditions that make you want to crank the air conditioner also create the ideal conditions for thunderstorms. A direct lightning hit to your AC condenser will destroy internal electronics, but thankfully the risk of a direct hit is slim.
**If your air conditioner has suffered an electrical surge or lightning hit, do not turn on the unit! Contact Delta Air Systems as soon as possible and our professionals will carefully assess the system to ensure the unit is safe to operate**
While we can’t control Mother Nature, there are a few steps we can take to protect our home comfort investments and ensure air conditioners suffer the least amount of damage.
Delta Air Systems has been providing quality heating and cooling service to the Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph and Cambridge areas since the 1950s.