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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair 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 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 Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection immediately.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Disable all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Sunbeam 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 heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 one out of ten of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner 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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