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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is made to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system 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 a foot in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

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

  • Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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