What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage
While your AC system is created to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and storm damage, sometimes 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 air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Wesley Wood Service Experts for an AC inspection immediately.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:
- Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. 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 conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Wesley Wood Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate 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 issues, including not allowing the unit to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems 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 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 objects picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.
For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Wesley Wood 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 home is under a serious storm warning.