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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the weather, including precipitation and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Coastal Service Experts for an AC inspection right away.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out 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 done. Call Coastal Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioning system 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 objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Coastal Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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