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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential 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 sections. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding period, call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection immediately.

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

  • Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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 10% of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running 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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