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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely 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 sections. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for an AC inspection immediately.

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

  • Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance company to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out completely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units 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, decreasing 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 conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

High 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, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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