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Can Rain Damage Your Air Conditioning System?

July 3, 2020

Can Rain Damage Your Air Conditioning System?

Air conditioners are meant to take a lot of harsh conditions from nature. It only makes sense that individuals looking for HVAC services in the Greater Toronto Area might be wondering if heavy rain can cause damage.

Can Rain Damage Your AC System?
By itself, no. Most outdoor parts of an AC unit are engineered to keep working even during a heavy rainfall. All electrical connections are safely sealed away from even indirect moisture. However, flooding can damage your AC unit. It has to be severe localized flooding, and as long as you don't have at least 38 centimetres of standing water around your unit, it should weather the storm. Your unit is susceptible to other storm-related damage from hail or high winds, and corrosion can occur if your unit isn't properly covered during the winter months.

How Can You Protect Your AC System?
If hail or high winds are in the forecast, you should consider covering your AC unit with a thick layer of canvas. Keep in mind, however, that you should keep the unit switched off while it's covered, or the unit could potentially overheat.

To avoid wind damage from debris or tree limbs, you should make sure that your yard is clear of branches before a storm starts. If you're worried about low-hanging branches on your tree or a nearby bush, it wouldn't hurt to have them trimmed.

The best way to keep flood waters away is to have your AC unit set up in an elevated area if you can do so. If you're in a flood-prone area, consult a certified technician from A-Plus Quality HVAC services in the Greater Toronto to determine the best spot for your unit.

What Happens After a Storm Passes?
If you aren't sure your AC unit is all right after a storm, then perform a careful inspection of the unit and the area around it for visible damage or any debris that might be nearby. If there is any damage, consult A-Plus Quality HVAC services in the Greater Toronto as soon as possible.

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  • First experience was on New Year's Day, 2020, when furnace stopped. Called A-Plus and they had a rep (Jack) out quickly. He did some troubleshooting. He wasn't giving BS. Gave me options on repairing or replacing. Non-biased, no pressure. I chose replace and it was done the next day. Good experience all around. Second experience was early March, 2021 when a harsh chemical smell emanating from the furnace room, and pushed through the HVAC venting, permeated the house. Very concerning. Was late night, called A-Plus, immediately answered and suggested some safety moves for the evening. Booked a visit for the morning. Jack again came and assessed the issue and advised where the smell came from (outside). Again, very professional, quick, no BS, good guy. Completely satisfied with the service after often being given the BS treatment from other service providers for the house. Would definitely recommend.

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    a month ago
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  • Most common Boiler Issues

    - Boiler fails to ignite
    - Low pressure
    - Strange Noises
    - Boiler is not responding to the thermostat
    - Cold Radiators
    - Boiler leaking or dripping
    - Boiler cycling very fast
    - Available Hot water but No Heat

  • How do I know what size unit I need?
    If you have any problems with your system, you should contact the contractor who installed the units. All our systems are covered by a 5 year parts, 7 year compressor limited warranty
     
  • Why is there ice building up on the copper pipes?

    There can be many reasons why the refrigerant pipes are freezing up but the most common issue is low refrigerant levels. If your AC unit has ice buildup turn off the unit for at least 4 hours and call us at 416-410-0337

  • Why should I maintain my Furnace or AC?

    An annual maintenance will extend the lifetime of your heating and cooling unit. The technician will diagnose and repair any problem with the unit before it fails, so you won't need to worry about any problems when the weather gets very hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter.

  • What is a heat pump?

    Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

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