Will Rain Hurt My Outdoor Condenser?

Here in Northern California, we’re lucky to not have harsh winters. Sure, they’re cold with a nip of frost and a bit of rain, but compared to other places, we got off easy. Our summers can be incredibly hot though. And because of this, it’s critical to have a working air conditioner. We understand many of our homeowners want to take the best care of their outdoor condenser so we’re answering the question, will rain hurt my outdoor condenser.

The Effect Rain Has on Your Outdoor Condenser

All central air systems have an outdoor unit, so do mini-split or ductless HVAC systems. It’s easy to see why some people may feel uneasy that an important part of their entire HVAC system is exposed to the elements. Here’s the thing, Santa Rosa homeowners don’t need to worry. We don’t see enough rain to damage your condenser, and modern outdoor condensers, and the parts inside, are made of copper, aluminum, strong plastic. All materials that can hold their own against a little rain. However, just because your condenser is fine in the rain doesn’t mean you can completely ignore it. After a particularly windy spell, go outside and check on your condenser. Pull any debris out of it. This is the best way to maintain your condenser until its allotted tune-up time.

Rain Hurt My Outdoor Condenser if I Cover It?

At Moore Home Services, we have some homeowners who are very proactive about protecting their equipment. When it comes to your condenser, less is better. We can’t count the number of times we’ve gone to tune-up a condenser and found it shrouded in a tarp or some sort of cover. Here’s why this is not a good thing. One of the reasons we like exposing condensers to the elements is that any trapped water has a chance to evaporate. When you cover your unit, you’re trapping water and other debris in the condenser. Over time, this trapped water can lead to mold growth. We want to keep you safe and stop any mold from getting into your home or your lungs.

Schedule a Tune-Up to Take Care of Your AC

The best way to maintain and care for your HVAC system is to schedule regular tune-ups or join our Moore Rewards program. The HVAC experts at Moore Home Services recommend two tune-ups per year. Once in the spring before AC season and once in the fall before furnace season. This ensures a full year of comfortable and healthy home air. During a standard tune-up, our techs make sure to go over 26 crucial points. They will clean every part of your condenser and indoor system, as well as check electrical, and change your air filter. Our techs check everything for safety, and if something is unsafe, they’ll let you know.

Call Moore Home Services

For the best HVAC care in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and the North Bay, call Moore Home Services. We are a Diamond Certified company and we also take care of your heating and plumbing. Simply dial the number at the top of the screen to speak with one of our customer service representatives. Or click here to request an appointment online.