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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning 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 serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection right away.

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

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

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

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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 AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or sandboxes, 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 air conditioning unit is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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