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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible 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 whatsoever, call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed 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 AC unit 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 fully replaced.

Intense 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, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.

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