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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is created to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible 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 immediately.

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

  • Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service company to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 one out of ten of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

High 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, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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

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