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Will Rain Damage a Window Air Conditioner?

Will Rain Damage a Window Air Conditioner?

In this wet season, you may be wondering if rain will damage your window or freestanding air conditioner unit. Luckily, split-system central AC units are made from aluminum, copper or metal, with all of the electrical connections and components sealed. This allows your unit to keep working even in hard rainfall.

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Now that you know rain does not damage your window air conditioner or split-system unit, here are a few other questions we’ve answered about how to maintain the air conditioner in wet weather. Need assistance? Our team offers emergency air conditioning repair services in locations of Virginia such as Arlington, Reston, Centreville, and Alexandria, Virginia.

Should I cover up my AC unit?

Covering the unit can protect the painted cabinet from weathering and keep debris from falling into the vents, it’s not necessary if you’re just trying to keep your unit dry. There are special covers available through your AC unit’s manufacturer if you’re concerned about sticks and leaves building up inside of it.

Keep in mind that you should not use a plastic tarp or garbage bag to cover your unit. Plastic traps moisture inside of it, leading to rust, mold and mildew and can cause the unit to break down sooner.

Do I need to worry about storms damaging my air conditioning unit?

Will rain from storms damage a window or traditional air conditioner? Heavy rain itself doesn’t do damage, but if there are high winds or falling trees, just make sure to inspect the exterior and interior of the unit in case there’s anything stuck inside the fan blower that could cause problems.

What if my yard gets flooded?

While rain will not damage your air conditioner, deep standing water could. If there is more than about 15 inches of water, the moving parts and electrical components may not be able to operate. After the water recedes, it’s best to call an HVAC contractor to check the unit before you restart it. Our team offers emergency air conditioning repair services in areas of Virginia such as Arlington, Centreville, Reston, and Alexandria. Schedule an appointment to receive assistance with HVAC issues in your home.

Call Snell Heating and Air Conditioning in Sterling if You Have More Questions

It’s always best to play it safe when it comes to electricity and water. While rain alone will not damage your window or ground air conditioner, other variables may have an impact on its performance. If you’re not sure if your AC is working after a big storm, give us a call. In addition to air conditioning solutions, our team also offers heating services such as furnace repair, furnace installation, and air filtration system replacement.