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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand the weather, including precipitation and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.

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

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of 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, decreasing 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 a tenth of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, 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 air conditioner is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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