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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible 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 components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection right away.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your AC system. 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 AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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 a tenth of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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 running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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