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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is made to withstand the elements, including rain and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. 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 Bob Brown Service Experts for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Bob Brown Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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 AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree branches, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

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

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