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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Calverley Service Experts for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. 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 air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Calverley Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are harmed by hail. While you can typically 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, obstructing 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 a tenth 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 things picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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

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