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 weather, including precipitation and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

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

  • Disable all the electrical controls for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance company to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.

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

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