Heavy storms often cause a variety of property damage. After checking your gutters, siding, downspouts, windows and roof shingles, you should also spend some time inspecting your air conditioner’s outside condenser unit. AC condensers are largely impervious to rain, but strong winds, massive amounts of internal debris and even outright submersion can certainly affect their functioning. Here are several indications that your air conditioner might have been damaged in a recent storm event.

You Hear Rattling or Screeching Sounds When the AC Is On

One of the most common storm-related problems that outside condensers can experience is an influx of debris. When the wind blows hard during a storm, dirt, grit, pebbles and other debris can get forced into this component. These things will rattle around and cause problems indefinitely until either the condenser is cleaned out or the air conditioner fails outright. Although a noisy condenser might not seem like an urgent issue, taking care of this problem right away is essential for preserving the lifespan of your cooling equipment. If your owner’s manual has fairly straightforward instructions for cleaning out the condenser, and if you can open its enclosure without voiding your warranty or causing other problems, you can try performing this maintenance on your own. However, thorough cleaning from a professional will eliminate even the smallest of particulates so that excess wear and tear isn’t incurred.

Water Has Pooled Around the Condenser

A condenser that’s submerged in a standing body of water is an electrical hazard. Turn your air conditioner off at the circuit breaker. Then, try to figure out why water is collecting in this area rather than draining. To prevent electrocution and to ensure that standing water doesn’t cause AC problems in the future, take steps to resolve the drainage or grading issue that’s responsible for the pooling. Once the pooling water has been drained, set up AC service and maintenance right away.

Cooling Efficiency Has Decreased

Strong winds and moving debris can wreak havoc on the lines that transport refrigerant between your air conditioner’s inside and outside units. Dramatic changes in how well your AC cools your home could be the result of a refrigerant leak. Rather than trying to refill or repair leaking refrigerant on your own, schedule AC repair service right away.

At [company_name], we offer a dynamic range of heating, cooling and plumbing installation, repair and maintenance services to residential and commercial property owners throughout the Newton area. If your home air conditioner has recently weathered a severe storm, we recommend scheduling an AC inspection. Timely diagnosis and repair of storm-related issues can prolong the lifespan of this equipment and keep it working efficiently. Call us today.