What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand the elements, including precipitation and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls for your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioner more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around one out of ten of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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