How To Check For Electrical Damage After A Storm
Floridians had quite the scare this past weekend and many are facing returning to damaged or flooded homes while others may only have to clean up debris in the yard. However you may have been affected, our thoughts are with you and your family. While you are putting your world back together remember to take caution before turning your home’s air conditioner back on.
Sitting a few days without power or having been turned off, potential damage from flying or falling debris, or damage from water are all potential risks facing your unit and if you do not inspect your unit prior to turning it back on, it becomes a risk to you and your home.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR AIR CONDITIONER HAS ELECTRICAL DAMGE?
If you experienced a power outage or power surge, there is a chance that your air conditioner was affected by this change in power. Before rushing to turn on your air conditioner once power has been restored be sure to first check for signs of electrical damage. In order to do this, take the follow steps:
*IMPORTANT NOTE: If the circuit breaker trips after turning the unit back on, do not keep trying to reset the switch at the electrical panel. Also, if the switch won’t stay on, it is likely that you have electrical damage – but your air conditioner may not be the source of the damage. If this is the case you may need to reach out to an electrician as well.
IF YOUR HOME FLOODED AND YOUR AIR CONDITIONER WAS IN STANDING WATER
Although air conditioners are designed to withstand the elements such as severe rainstorms, there are some situations in which all precautions are little help. Flooding can leave your air conditioning unit left in standing water for hours or even days. Typically, the water must be about a foot in height for it to cause any damage but if it is (or was at any point), it can cause serious damage and repairs. To avoid further damage to your unit, take the following precautions and call us at (727) 856-4822 to have one of our skilled technicians to inspect your unit.
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