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Check A/C unit for damage to stay comfortable throughout monsoon season

Forrest Anderson Plumbing and AC Offers Simple Tips for Homeowners

Homeowners should check air filters and remove debris from A/C units. (File Photos/
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The Phoenix-metro valley ended its weekend with a powerful monsoon that featured 70 mph winds, an inch and a half of rain, and enough damage to shut down a highway.

As homeowners across the Valley clean up after a storm that left more than 42,000 people without power, experts recommend checking A/C units for potential damage. Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning Inc., a Glendale based, family-owned business serving the greater Phoenix metro area since 1961, says homeowners should also check their air filters and remove debris from A/C units.

“Monsoons can accelerate the normal wear and tear of an A/C unit, especially from hazardous storms like the one we just experienced. We want to make sure everyone has a working A/C unit that lasts throughout the rest of the summer and that starts with something as simple as making sure the air filter is clean.”

— Audrey Monell, president of Forrest Anderson Plumbing & A/C

Here are three more ways to check if the A/C unit is damaged and how to make sure it will last through monsoon season.

Check for Cosmetic Damage

Monsoon winds can reach extreme speeds and are powerful enough to cause objects to fly through the sky, which can cause serious damage to an A/C unit. Make sure to take a look at exterior parts including vents and fan blades for any damage. If the unit looks good, take a peek at the interior wiring and piping to make sure it is all still connected.

Clean Surrounding Debris

The debris caused from monsoons can seriously interfere with the operation of the A/C unit. Dirt and other debris can cover the A/C, making the unit run at a hotter temperature and decreasing its efficiency. This debris, paired with the high humidity that follows a storm, can also block the drain lines, increasing the risk of overflowing from too much condensation. Clear all debris so the unit has proper drainage, and check and clean the coils.

Check Roof, Ductwork or Yard

If the A/C is located on the rooftop, make sure it is properly secured and stable. If it sits on the ground, make sure the lawn is clear of any objects that can damage the unit. Homeowners will also want to ensure that all ductwork is sealed tightly and properly, so no debris can enter the home.

Checking on and maintaining a home unit is crucial, as a current A/C part shortage has caused issues that have resulted in extended wait times for repairs.

“Manufacturers can’t get the materials to assemble the necessary parts, leaving options very limited right now,” added David Veatch, operations manager for Forrest Anderson Plumbing & A/C. “A minor repair now can save homeowners thousands of dollars later.”

One of the best things homeowners can do to make sure their A/C unit is working properly is to schedule a regular maintenance check. HVAC technicians can fully examine the A/C unit for any damage that may have been caused and provide helpful information or advice.

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