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

While your air conditioner is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical components. 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 conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • 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 assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the 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 operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.
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REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring escorts in hail storms, too. 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 air conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Strong 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 unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Calverley Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running 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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