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

While your AC system is made to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe 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 whatsoever, call Parker Pearce Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Parker Pearce Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more problems, 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 air conditioning systems 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 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, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Parker Pearce Service Experts 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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