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

While your AC system is created to withstand the elements, including precipitation and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential 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 sections. 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 All American Air Service Experts for a safety inspection immediately.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help help you complete 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.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call All American Air Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize 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 a tenth 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 things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call All American Air Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working 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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