What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage
While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including precipitation and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:
- Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help help you complete the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.
CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the system to air out entirely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.
In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioner 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 AC systems damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.
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