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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner 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 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection immediately.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of 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 A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 things picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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