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How Does Rain Affect Your Air Conditioner? Should You Be Concerned?

Man looking out at the rain from windowAs seasoned experts in the air conditioning field, we often hear concerns from residents of Griffith about whether rain can harm their air conditioning unit. The good news is that you don’t have to worry when it’s raining on your air conditioner because it will not cause any significant damage to your unit.

Air Conditioner Design

Central air conditioners are made up of two separate devices: an evaporator coil which is located inside your furnace, and the compressor unit which you’ll find on the outside of your home. Because the latter part is exposed to the elements, it is specially designed to withstand rain, wind, hail and snowstorms.

When Your A/C Is at Risk

The only time your air conditioner is really at risk is in the event of a flood, as your unit will not be able to withstand submersion in water. However, these are extreme circumstances, and for ordinary every-day use, you’ll find your A/C will not need to be protected from rainfall. In fact, over-protecting your unit in winter months could actually lead to more damage than if you were to leave your compressor unit completely unprotected.

If you get plenty of snowfall in winter, you may wish to cover your air conditioner by using a purpose-built cover as recommended by your unit’s manufacturer. Avoid waterproof tarpaulin or any methods that prevent air from circulating in order to dry the internal components. If your components are not able to dry, your unit will be likely to rust.

Using Your Air Conditioner in the Rain

It is perfectly safe to use your air conditioner when it is raining outside, and doing so will in fact help to dry out the humid air in your home, making it more comfortable indoors with no risk at all to your A/C system. Unless there is an issue with your A/C unit, it should work in all conditions.

If you have concerns about raining on your air conditioner, or any other HVAC issues in the Griffith area, contact the professionals at Meyer’s today.