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 weather, including precipitation and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Strand Brothers Service Experts for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

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

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Strand Brothers Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioner 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 a tenth 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 tree limbs, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Strand Brothers Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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