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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches 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 as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service company to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more damage, 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 AC units are harmed by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system 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 one out of ten of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Intense 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, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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 working 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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