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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is created to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:

  • Disable all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, 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 normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.

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

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