Steps to Take if Flooding or Hail Damages Your Air Conditioning System

Air conditioners are designed to withstand weather, including rain and snow. However, if your outdoor air conditioner is submerged in standing water from a large downpour, this might seriously damage the electrical components in it. Your AC unit is most likely to be damaged if the floodwater rises above a foot deep. Still, if the unit has flooded at all, reach out to Strand Brothers Service Experts at 512-596-1257 for an air conditioning inspection.

If extreme flooding has occurred or is likely to take place, follow these directions to avoid hurting your air conditioner or generating dangerous operating conditions.

Before Flooding

Don’t cover your air conditioner with a tarp. A plastic sheet won’t keep out water. Instead, it will bring moisture inside, encourage rust, hasten mold growth and give pests an area to hide.

If you reside in a flood-prone location, research placing your air conditioner on an elevated floor. This elevates the machinery above any floodwaters and can save you hassle and expense following the next downpour.

Another method to safeguard your air conditioning unit is to place a retaining wall around it. This structure can help you avoid air conditioner flooding, even as water flows around it. Similarly, you can stack sandbags around the equipment when you realize a storm is approaching.

If hail is in the forecast, you can lay pieces of plywood across the top of the air conditioner to guard it from hail damage. Weigh the boards down securely with stones or bricks in case the wind picks up.

During Flooding

Don’t run your AC while it’s submerged in water. Doing so could create an electrical shock hazard or even destroy the internal system components.

To prevent this damage, turn off the power to the air conditioner and thermostat. The quickest method for completing this is to go to the HVAC and thermostat breakers in your junction box and flip them to the “off” position. If you need assistance, contact an air conditioning service company like Strand Brothers Service Experts.

After Flooding

Once the rain moves on, you want your AC to dry out quickly. Siphon off standing water, if possible, and clean any debris from the immediate area.

Don’t start the air conditioner until it has been inspected by an HVAC expert. Even after it has dried out, utilizing flood-damaged equipment may present the same hazards as turning on the air conditioning while it’s still submerged in water. Some issues require days or weeks to begin showing symptoms, so it’s ideal to keep your air conditioning turned off until you get the okay from an HVAC tech.

While you wait for your service visit, read through your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if flood damage covers your outdoor cooling system. If so, take pictures of the damage and submit your claim right away. If you don’t have flood insurance, you might still be covered if the air conditioner has suffered wind or hail damage.

Don’t Hesitate and Request Your AC Flooding Evaluation with Strand Brothers Service Experts Today

For a thorough air conditioning inspection and safety check following a flood, turn to Strand Brothers Service Experts. We’ll ensure your HVAC system is running safely and efficiently for your peace of mind. If the AC has been damaged, we may be able to handle the necessary air conditioning repair. If it turns out you need an air conditioning replacement, we can get the work done, with flooding precautions in place this time to help stop future issues. As always, all of our superb services are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.* To request an estimate, call us at 512-596-1257 or schedule an appointment online right away.


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