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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. 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 Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

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

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service company to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to rain, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can usually 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 air conditioner 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.

Intense 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 air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running 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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