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 precipitation and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service company 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 surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner 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 can actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. 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 realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 one out of ten of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely 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, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full AC 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 home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.

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