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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential 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 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 D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection right away.

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

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the system to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioner 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.

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

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call D.A. Bennett 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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