Elevating Your AC Unit For Flood Protection
Living in the tropics, we are no stranger to heavy rains, storms, and hurricanes, all of which can lead to localized flooding. Unfortunately, flood waters can impact your home in many ways, including damaging your outdoor AC unit.
If you’ve been thinking about elevating your outdoor condenser for protection from flooding, below is some valuable information from your trusted AC Company to help you understand how to get started.
First, an appropriate platform will need to be constructed. When you work with our AC Company, we will offer you several material options from which to choose. Typically, concrete, pressure-treated wood, metal, or aluminum wall-mount is used.
Keep in mind the stand or platform will need to be built correctly; therefore, for best results, this entire project should be completed by one of our installation crews.
The outdoor unit can be elevated to the local code or HOA requirements. It is important to note in some instances you may choose to elevate the outdoor unit higher; for example, if you live on Sanibel Island, Captiva, or Fort Myers Beach.
For those of you who live in an HOA (Homeowner’s Association) community, you will need to get approval by the Association before moving forward with this project.
A Flooded AC Unit
In the event your outdoor unit is flooded, and the equipment is submerged even for a short time, it is likely the electrical components will be damaged. This equipment could short circuit and the condenser may fill with water, sand, or sediment.
Unfortunately, if this is the case, you will likely be facing a total replacement. It is best to call us, your AC Company, for a complete evaluation.
Pro Tip: To decide on the right platform to elevate your AC unit, contact us to evaluate your system and determine the best option for your situation.
Pests, Debris, and AC’s
Another benefit of elevating your AC unit is to avoid the collection of lawn debris, and rodents using the unit as a shelter.
Both can potentially lead to inefficient operation of your unit. In addition, rodents and insects can cause damage to the unit’s wiring and components, resulting in costly repairs.
Elevating your AC unit on a platform makes it less accessible to annoying debris and pests, ensuring your equipment continues to operate smoothly without any unexpected hiccups.
We have been serving homeowners just like you for nearly 25 years. As your trusted AC Company, we understand the HVAC industry better than anyone in the market.
If you’ve experienced flooding and need to have your AC unit evaluated, give us a call for an honest, straight-forward answer.
When looking to elevate your unit, we are your AC Company to get it done accurately and efficiently.