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

April 26, 2016

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

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid more damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can 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 also brings hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can normally 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 AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely 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 sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

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

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