Even though heavy rains will not harm your AC unit, the winds accompanying them may cause dirt, leaves, twigs, and other material to damage the condenser fan grille. Even storm-related elements such as tree branches could cause damage to your unit.
Rain does not frequently fall in Tempe, but it may be an absolute downpour when it does. Rain should not harm your system in most cases.
Here you can learn more about Tempe AC repair when you least expect it.
Rain Doesn’t Harm AC or Heat Pump
Light to moderate rainfall should be fine for your system. Because the components of your outdoor unit are composed of corrosion-resistant materials like plastic, aluminum, and copper, they are engineered to tolerate water.
Additionally, the critical portions of your outdoor unit are sealed, suggesting that your system should be able to tolerate a considerable amount of rain while still functioning normally.
However, just because your outdoor unit can handle rain does not mean it can handle a storm or flood.
Flooding Needs Tempe AC Repair
While rain will not harm your outdoor air conditioner or heat pump, standing water or flooding may.
A tiny amount of water pooling at the bottom of your outdoor unit shouldn’t hurt your system, but if the water level rises to a foot or higher, the system’s internal components, such as the motor, may be damaged.
Take the following precautions if you notice flooding around or beneath your outdoor unit:
- Your air conditioner or heat pump should be turned off.
- It’s essential to get rid of as much standing water as possible.
- Allow for the drying of your air conditioner.
- Have a Rescue One Air HVAC expert inspect your air conditioner or heat pump before turning it back on.
Storm Debris Might Need AC Repair
The monsoons in Arizona bring a lot of wind, which means there’s a lot of debris in the air that could end up in your outdoor unit.
Small debris, such as the fan or blower motor on your outdoor unit can cause significant damage to the interior components of your air conditioner or heat pump. To reduce the odds of debris causing damage to your system, follow these steps:
- Make sure there are no trees or plants directly over your outdoor unit or within a 2-foot radius.
- To prevent debris from falling into your compressor, cover it with a PVC-coated polyester mesh screen.
Turn off your system and call a professional straight once if you notice debris in your outside unit or hear loud banging or clicking noises coming from it.
Before debris causes significant damage to your air conditioner or heat pump, an AC maintenance professional will inspect it and remove it.
Find AC Protection with Tempe AC Maintenance
If you’ve recently observed flooding, damage or want to ensure it’s working correctly, we’d be happy to inspect your air conditioner or heat pump. If you believe your air conditioning system has been damaged, Contact Rescue One Air to schedule your air conditioning replacement or find out the range of air conditioning units you can choose.