Have you ever walked by your window on a rainy day and seen your air conditioner all alone outside, with those big puppy dog eyes, just begging to come inside? No, you haven’t. That is not a real thing, but you may have wondered how or if your air conditioner can withstand all that water.
The outdoor unit of your air conditioner will sometimes be caught operating in some of the ugliest weather of the summer and we understand this may be concerning sometimes. A large electrical unit plus a lot of water usually equals something bad, but not in this case.
Air conditioners are made to last in close to any weather conditions.
Many people find themselves concerned with the electrical components, but they are all sealed very carefully to keep them safe from any potential weather threats.
The only way that water can become a threat to your air conditioner is in very extreme circumstances. Floods can damage the system because once it is fully submerged in water, your external component will be much more vulnerable. Although, in the case of a flood, we’re sure your air conditioner will be pretty low on your list of concerns.
Now, is there any other weather conditions that could potentially harm your air conditioner?
There are some cases where a buildup of snow around your system can cause it too rust, which is why many people choose to by covers for their external systems over the winter months. The problem with many of these covers is air flow.
To actually keep your system safe over the winter, you’ll need to protect it not only from conditions that could cause rust, but you’ll need to allow a proper air flow through the system. Otherwise, covers can often trap moisture within the system which will not dry out until the cover is removed and the system is even more likely to rust than without the cover.
In the same line of thinking, if you choose to put a tarp or any cover over your air conditioner, that can also affect the air flow and harm your system.
Overall, the rain is no reason for you to worry about your air conditioner. If there is something that is going to take down your air conditioner, it’s much more likely to be something to do with air flow, a refrigerant leak, a bad compressor or a general lack of maintenance.
If you want to keep your system safe, contact us today and set up a service call with one of our many licensed professionals.