Air conditioning systems are built tough, which is why they can withstand inclement weather such as heavy rains. In most circumstances, your air conditioning system is completely safe during rainstorms and can be used as you would normally use it. Putting a tarp over the condenser unit is not necessary to protect the unit from harm or heavy during rain, this can cause issues. Tarps can restrict air circulation and cause water damage and rust. The next time there’s a big rainstorm, just let your air conditioner work as it does in good weather.
We all know the damage hailstones can do to our cars, roofs, and gutters. But did you know they can be just as detrimental to your central air conditioning unit? Most times, hail causes just cosmetic damage, but sometimes key components can get damaged in a serious storm.
Here are some key factors you need to know about hail damage to your air conditioner.
With central air conditioning, some components sit inside your home, safe from storms. But outside your home also sits the condenser unit that holds many key components for extracting the air from inside your house, cooling it across refrigerated coils, and blowing it back into your home—including a condenser coil, refrigerant, compressor, fan unit, and metal fins.
And while your unit consists of metal walls and screens—designed to protect many elements—it’s not fully impenetrable. Hail can still dent the outside of your air conditioning unit. But more importantly, it can also dent the fan’s fins, which—while made from metal—are still soft and malleable.
Enough hail abuse can reshape the fins inside your condenser unit and render them inoperable, or ineffective.
Damaged metal fins reduce the air flow throughout your system. And as a result, less hot air flow gets pulled from your house, meaning less cool air can be produced from the refrigerated coils. In short, your unit’s working harder to produce minimal results.
When you are concerned about weather damage to your air conditioning system, call the professionals at Action Heating and Air Conditioning. We have been helping people in the Mobile and Baldwin County areas since 1997. All our staff are trained professionals. We do our best to insure your unit is running efficiently as well as trying to make any repairs affordable to you our customers. Please call us at 251 272-5900 if we can help. Also, please visit our website at www.callaction.net to meet our team and learn more about us. Also on our website you will find several discount and coupon offers to help you save money on your HVAC system.