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What to do when your Air Conditioner is Flooded

When the hot summer sun hits the city and we know that it marks the start of the most dreaded season of the year, there is only one thing we long to do – to get inside a place where there is an air conditioner.

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Everything we do, even merely walking, is made too difficult to accomplish by the scorching heat of the sun. The heat is just too unbearable without the help of a cooling appliance. We cannot rely on electric fans or even industrial fans to give us comfort especially when the temperature peaks to an all-week high. Good thing there are energy-efficient air conditioners that are available these days for every household’s consumption.

We also have to be thankful that our air conditioners are designed to last for a long time with proper and sufficient maintenance work. As of now, we should have known that there are indispensable air conditioning repair jobs that should be done by professionals to our cooling units. One of which is to recondition or fix air conditioners that are flooded.

Although our air conditioners are designed to withstand exposure to rain, they definitely cannot withstand being submerged in water for a long time. If this happened to your air conditioner, follow these simple steps to avoid further damage.

Turn off electricity

Just like all the appliances in your home, you should turn off the electrical connection thereof whenever there’s a possibility of flood. If you hear from the news that rain will continue overnight and you can see that your community might experience flooding, you should turn off all the electrical connections on the first floor, including your AC. And if you find your cooling unit drenched in water, immediately put on protective covers for your body and hand and turn the general switch for electricity off.

Let it dry

After turning the electricity off, it’s time to call a professional to uninstall your air conditioner from the wall or wherever it is located. If you can do it yourself, then do it safely. Upon removal of the AC from its fixed location, place it in a shaded area and let it dry. Let it drain all the water inside to prepare it for repair.

Never turn it on

One thing you should not do at any time after your air conditioner gets flooded is to turn it on again. Never plug it to an electrical socket again. Don’t try to check if it is already working even when you’re sure that it has all dried up. Only a professional should touch it if you still want to give it a chance to get repaired.

Don’t cover it

Some make the mistake of covering their air conditioners with a tarpaulin, blanket, or whatever cloth, thinking that it will protect the unit from further weather exposure. This is outright wrong. If you placed it inside your house, that should be enough protection for your AC. Covering it might only cause moist to develop inside.

Never attempt a DIY repair job

Finally, stop thinking that you can simply follow instructions from the internet to repair your air conditioner. Save yourself and your appliance from trouble and let only the experienced AC repairmen open and fix your flooded cooling unit.