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

While your AC system is made to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant 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 at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection immediately.

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

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and cautiously 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 air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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 one out of ten of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

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

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

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