It is common to wonder whether or not rain affects your air conditioning system. Outdoor units are obviously exposed to the elements of Mother Nature, and when it rains, it is easy to be wary. King of Comfort is here to answer any questions or concerns about outdoor units and rain exposure.
What’s In My Outdoor AC Unit?
The outdoor unit of an air conditioner houses the propeller fan, compressor, condenser coil and electrical components. This entire part of your air conditioning system sits outside, circulating refrigerant to its indoor unit. An outdoor unit is also often referred to as a “heat exchanger” or a “condenser.”
Rain Damage To Condenser Unit
On a regular basis, you will not usually need to worry about your condenser box in the rain. Since it is an outdoor system, it’s designed to withstand all sorts of weather. Condensers can survive rain or shine, and in Indianapolis, there is a lot of rain to be had.
However, a bit of rain is actually beneficial for your cooling system! Rain can help clean out the fins and remove any debris that lingers or collects. If you notice it has been a while since it has rained, you can even spray the outside of the condenser down with a hose.
This will not only help clean it, but it can make your air conditioning more efficient. After all, it’s difficult for an AC to operate at full efficiency if there is debris hanging around in it!
Protect Your Outdoor AC Unit Year-Round
When it storms, it can storm hard. If there is a big storm in the forecast, there are precautions that can be taken to help protect your AC. You can cover your condenser if you think too much debris will fly in or if it will be damaged by anything blowing around in the wind.
However, if it’s the water you’re worried about, your AC will be okay. All electrical wiring in an air conditioning’s heat exchanger is insulated to protect itself from the elements, and it shouldn’t become water-damaged.
Some homeowners like to cover their condenser boxes in the wintertime. This can help prevent snow or ice buildup. If you do choose to do this, the best covers are those that cover only the tops of the condenser box, not the sides. By not covering the entire unit on all sides, you can allow for air circulation, which can help prevent rust or mold.
Indianapolis HVAC Repairs
Whether you have questions or concerns about your air conditioning’s outdoor unit, King of Comfort is here to help. Feel free to call our team to schedule your AC repair, tune-up or system installation.
If you find that after a storm, heavy snowfall or any other weather event, your outdoor unit is not working properly, King of Comfort can help with any repairs you may need. Reach out today to get started!