What to Do When the Air Conditioner Floods Published on July 24, 2015 Regions across North America have dealt with significant flooding over the past few months, so Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to offer some tips on what to do with a flooded air conditioner in the event that heavy rains hit Provo. First and foremost, safety is the number one priority. Your instinct may be to jump in and start to clean up, but it’s important to assess the situation. Be sure to turn off the power to your air conditioner. If you have any worries that the area may not be safe, call a professional like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to inspect your HVAC equipment and the electrical system. You’ll need to decide if your air conditioner can be repaired or if the damage is severe enough that it should be replaced. There are three factors that can help you figure out whether to call for AC repair, or start the search for a new unit. Time underwater – Consider how long your air conditioner was underwater. The bigger the amount of time it was submerged by floodwaters, the bigger the chance that there is greater damage. Electricity – As mentioned above, turn off power to your air conditioner as soon as you realize it has been affected by floodwaters. Greater damage can be done to your air conditioner the longer there is power flowing in to the system. Dirt/debris in equipment – If your air conditioner filled up with debris from the floodwaters, it could impact its ability to function. If AC repair is a must, here are some tips to sustain a safe environment, which can be done by a pro. Turn off all electrical switches. Ensure you turn off all switches (i.e. disconnects and breakers) to your air conditioner. Allow the equipment to dry. Move any visible or standing water from the area and try to keep the area dry. Have equipment and wiring inspected. Do not turn on flooded equipment until you have it looked at and serviced by a qualified, NATE-certified technician. A professional AC tune-up from Service Experts comes with a complete inspection, cleaning and lubrication of the system, as well as a consultation, recommendations and free estimate on a new air conditioner if needed. Don’t rush it. If flood waters came in contact with the air conditioner, experts can confirm whether the air conditioner is running properly or not. For your safety, allow time for the system to be properly tuned or replaced. Change air and furnace filters. Change your home’s air filters to prevent contaminants from piling up. This can also help to lessen the risk of hurting your air conditioner’s operation and the indoor air quality. You may feel like you can handle the cleaning, but professionals have the expertise to properly clean your equipment and make certain it’s running optimally. If heavy rain or flooding hits your home in Provo, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-396-0637 or schedule an appointment online and our pros will help with your AC repair, getting you and your home back to normal.