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 elements, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding period, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches for your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. 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 be able to see that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full AC 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 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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