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 weather, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system 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 air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection immediately.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove 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 done. Call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC 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 properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of 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, hindering 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 completely 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 limbs, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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