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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair 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 sections. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner 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 additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • Disable all the electrical switches 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 air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding 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 run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit 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 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Strong 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 limbs, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioning 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 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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