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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit 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 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection immediately.

If severe storms 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 situations:

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate 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 AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically 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, decreasing 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.

Intense 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 conditioning inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.

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