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Can Rain Damage Your Air Conditioning System?

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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  • 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 is a mini-split?

    By definition, and simply put, a “Split System” is a heating and air conditioning system which has two main components, the indoor unit and outdoor unit. In short, the indoor unit absorbs heat energy in the cooling mode, and the outdoor unit rejects the very heat absorbed by the indoor unit. And the cycle is repeated until the set temperature is met. Although the indoor and outdoor units are located in physically different, hence “split” locations, they are connected and operate as, one system; continuously circulating refrigerant liquid and vapor by means of interconnecting, dehydrated copper refrigerant lines, commonly referred to as a “Line Set”.

  • 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.

  • 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

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