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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection right away.

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 more damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC 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.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may 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 rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Annually 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 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 AC unit 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.

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 bushes, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

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 working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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