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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot 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 immediately.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system 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.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more damage, including not allowing the unit to air out completely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioner more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth 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 items picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.

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