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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is made to withstand the elements, including rain and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:

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

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more damage, including not allowing the unit to air out completely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree branches, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

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

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