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 rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner 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, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see 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 10% of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.

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 home is under a serious storm warning.

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