What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage
While your air conditioner is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and storm damage, there are times when 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 pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Atmostemp Service Experts for a safety inspection immediately.
If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:
- Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help guide you through the process.
- Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the surrounding area.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Atmostemp Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly 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 in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize 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 conditioning unit 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 conditioner.
For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Atmostemp Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is operating 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.