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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious 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 Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service company to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are harmed by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

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