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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is created to withstand the weather, including rain and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection right away.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioning system 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 air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is working 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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