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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is built to withstand the weather, including rain and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection immediately.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend 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 assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed by hail. While you can probably 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 one out of ten of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Intense 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 tree limbs, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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