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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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FAQ

  • 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.

  • Furnace is blowing cold air in Winter?

    This can be due to Ignition lockout, sometimes could be resolved by resetting the power  and if this does not resolve the issue you should contact a certified gas technician from A-Plus Quality to get this problem resolved!

  • 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
     
  • What are mini-split advantages?

    Just as the name implies, a “mini-split” system is a “split system” however available in smaller capacities, for single room to whole house conditioning. Mini-split systems may range from as small as 9,000 BTUh per hour, comparable to say, a small window AC unit, for individual room use, up to 4 and 5 ton capacities for “Room By Room” (also known as “Zoning”) and whole house conditioning. With near universal design, mini-splits are “heat pumps” which provide both heating and cooling for a home. Here are key advantages when compared to traditional split systems:

    Efficiency- Mini-splits are highly engineered systems which offer attractive operating efficiencies, in many instances, eligible for utility company rebates.
    Heat Pump- Most mini-split systems are heat pumps, providing year-round comfort.
    Solar friendly- Due to very low power requirements, mini-splits are an ideal complement to “Net Zero Energy” homes, or any home using renewable power.
    Carbon footprint- Mini-splits are 100% electric, with zero operating emissions of any type.
    Zoning- Most mini-split manufacturers offer systems capable of room-by-room “zoning”, to account for peak demands of a room based upon construction type, exposure orientation and usage.
    Variable capacity- Mini-splits are typically DC inverter driven. That is, a variable speed compressor which modulates in proportion to instantaneous demand. Most conventional split systems, by comparison, operate with an ON-OFF strategy. (Would you use an ON-OFF switch as the accelerator in your vehicle?)
    Location, Location, Location!- Mini-split outdoor units are compact; they can be located far away from noise-sensitive areas, such as bedrooms and home offices. Mini-split indoor units have the ability to be installed where conventional systems cannot.
    They’re perfect for additions and remodels where access to current HVAC system is difficult to access.
    Modern mini-split systems are remarkably quiet; in fact, many times their operation is unnoticed by the end user.

  • 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.

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