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

While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the elements, including precipitation and wind 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 storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding period, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for an air conditioner inspection immediately. 

If severe storms 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 a dangerous environment: 

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

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

In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are harmed by hail. While you can probably 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 conditioner 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 entirely replaced. 

High 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, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner. 

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 city is under a serious storm warning. 

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