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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the weather, including rain and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC for a safety inspection right away.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 one out of ten of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC 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 home is under a serious storm warning.

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