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How Rain Affects Your AC Unit In SW Florida

As homeowners in the subtropics, we are familiar with heavy rains, storms, and hurricanes, all of which can lead to flooding. Here’s how heavy rain can impact your AC unit and tips to keep you from calling for AC Service.

Rain Showers

First, it is important to note modern AC units are constructed to withstand rain.

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The outdoor unit is built with materials and a design that prevents rainwater from damaging internal components. In most cases, your unit will operate properly during rain showers.

Flooding

Heavy rain and flooding present an entirely different issue. As stated above, your system can withstand severe weather and rain showers; however, it is not 100% waterproof or built to endure significant flooding.

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If your outdoor unit is flooded, and the equipment is submerged even for a short time, it is likely the electrical components will be damaged. Your unit could even short circuit and the condenser be subjected to sand or sediment. If this is the case, you will likely be facing a total replacement. It is best to call us for AC Service.

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PRO TIP: If flooding is common in your area, consider installing your unit on an elevated platform. Contact us for more information.

Debris and Dirt

Rainstorms can cause debris, leaves, and dirt to collect around or inside the unit. This can obstruct airflow and reduce efficiency. PRO TIP: Visually inspect and clean the area around your outdoor unit to prevent debris buildup.

Humidity

In general, the rainy season in SW Florida is from May to September, and is characterized by warm, humid conditions with frequent rain and thunderstorms.

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This excess moisture increases humidity, which can make your home feel muggy inside. To prevent this, make sure your thermostat is set lower than the outside temperature. This will give your AC the opportunity to dehumidify your home.

Protect Your Investment

Your HVAC unit is an investment. The best thing you can do to protect your equipment is to have regular inspections performed on your system by a licensed technician.

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A technician from Sunset Air and Home Services will inspect all parts and components to ensure everything is in good working condition. These maintenance checks also allow us to check for signs of water damage or corrosion and prevent anything minor from becoming a bigger issue down the road.

Contact Us

We have been serving SW Florida homeowners for more than 25 years and we look forward to being your trusted source for AC Service. To preserve the life of your system, give us a call for a comprehensive tune-up. 239-693-9005

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