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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the weather, including rain and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can normally 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 air conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Fras-Air/General 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 city is under a serious storm warning.

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