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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is built to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect potential 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 pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding period, 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 few things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance company to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can typically 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 air conditioning system 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 conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree branches, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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