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 precipitation and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding 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 AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection immediately.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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 one out of ten of air conditioners 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 items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner 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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