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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is created to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection immediately.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely 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 branches, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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