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 elements, including heavy showers and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant 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 AC inspection immediately.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit 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.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

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

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