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 all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and wind damage, there are times when 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 terrible 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 whatsoever, call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment 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 conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the AC system 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 a tenth of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

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

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

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