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How Does Rain Effect Your Air Conditioner?
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Monday, August 6, 2018

If you are worried about using your air conditioner in the rain, you might be worrying too much about the wrong thing. This is because the air conditioners are designed to resist the rain damage and to continue working normally even during the heavy downpours.

Mostly the outdoor condenser and compressor comprise of parts made of aluminum, copper or other metal that are designed to withstand heavy rainfall and keep performing to keep your house cool and dehumidify it. The electrical connections and components are sealed in order to protect them from the hazards of water related problems such as short-circuiting.

While rain does not affect the performance or the air conditioner itself, there are other weather related issues that your AC might face. We have mentioned a few below:

Storm Damage

While rain alone might not cause any damage to your air conditioner, sometimes high winds that come along might cause damage to the fan grill due to falling objects like tree branches etc. these winds might also cause the leaves or debris to deposit inside the outdoor unit causing it to malfunction. Therefore, it is necessary to inspect it thoroughly after a rainy season.

Flooding

Even though the AC is designed to withstand several inches of rain therefore does not threaten your AC, deep standing water could affect it on the other hand. Flooding up to 15 inches might not even affect your AC at all, but for more severe flooding, you might want to see a professional AC repair service before you can start using it again.

Internal Corrosion

Some homeowners choose to cover the outdoor units of their AC during the winters. If you do that too, make sure to choose a cover that has proper ventilation openings. Wrapping the unit in plastic makes it air tight and causes moisture to stay inside for long. Unlike rain that dries up soon through ventilation, trapped moisture might rot the wiring, rubber components and might as well corrode the metal parts.

When Your AC Is at Risk

The only thing that risks your air conditioner is the event of flood, as the air conditioner cannot withstand the submersion in water. These are, however, extreme circumstances and therefore your AC does not need to be protected from rainfall for everyday use. In fact, as mentioned above overprotecting might lead you to cause more harm than good.

If your area receives too much rainfall in winter, you might want to cover your AC unit using a commercially available cover or the one recommended by the manufacturer. Just be sure to avoid waterproofing or anything that prevents ventilation on the outdoor unit. Your AC unit might start to rust if your components are unable to keep dry.

Conclusion

It is safe to use the air conditioner even while it is raining. In fact, it might also help keep the humidity levels down during the rainy season. However only a well-maintained AC is capable of functioning during the rainy seasons, therefore be sure to get your AC inspected by a professional before the start of a rainy season.



 

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