Spring is in the air, which for many parts of the United States means warm temperatures, fresh air and new plant growth. But you mustn’t forget Mother Nature’s sense of humor—it will likely rain during the spring months, which is great for flowers, but can also create a host of issues for heating and air conditioning systems. Rain can potentially bring mold, rust, corrosion, power outages and connection problems. To keep up your AC’s efficiency, be sure to invest in or perform preventative maintenance during the rainy spring season.
There are things you can do before a rainstorm hits and after a rainstorm has passed. Below are some steps to take to preserve your heating and cooling in Central Kansas from damage brought about by spring rainstorms.
What to do before it rains
Your best bet for avoiding expensive HVAC repairs and services is to prep the system before a rainstorm actually makes an appearance:
- Shut the system down: To help protect your air conditioning unit or heating system, the professionals recommend turning it off. It doesn’t matter how durable and “made for harsh weather” the system is—the fact is that it can take on rainwater. If the system is in operation while rain collects around or inside it, water can work its way into the internal components of the system. The resulting damage could require you to invest in replacement equipment.
- Clear dirt and debris: When it comes to exterior HVAC systems or components, take the time to walk around your property and clean up dirt, garbage, leaves and other types of debris to prevent it from getting inside the system. Debris blown in by spring rainstorms can damage electrical circuits. Also, clear the area of objects like tools, patio furniture and lawn equipment so they don’t blow over and knock into the unit.
- Cover the AC unit: Even though outdoor AC units are made to withstand the elements, consider covering yours when rainstorms are predicted to roll through. A protective cover prevents debris from getting down inside the unit. If spring rainstorms are normal where you live, talk to a professional about elevating the unit to avoid flooding.
What to do after it rains
Once the storm is over, remember to do the following:
- Inspect things: Check the area around the unit for pooling water, then look inside vents and openings to be sure debris hasn’t gotten inside. Also look for loose screws, panels or other components.
- Give the system time: Don’t turn the unit back on right after a rainstorm. First, inspect the unit for damage and clogs.
- Call a professional: If you suspect that a recent storm has caused damage to your HVAC system, call an expert for an inspection. They have the right skills and equipment to make repairs and replace sensitive HVAC components.
Whether your home or business needs a brand-new heating and cooling system in Central Kansas or you need HVAC maintenance, contact the experts at KVK Inc. Call us anytime to schedule a service appointment!
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