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 weather, including heavy showers and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 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 AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed by hail. While you can usually 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 a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, 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 operating 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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