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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour 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 whatsoever, call Air Engineers Service Experts for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Air Engineers Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units 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 AC system 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 items 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 Air Engineers Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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