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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection right away.

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:

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

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more damage, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can normally 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 a tenth of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

Strong 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 bushes, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is operating 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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