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

While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Bob Brown Service Experts for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • 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 guide you through 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 work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
Informational Graph

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

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, too. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of 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 AC unit 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 objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Bob Brown Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running 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.

Contact Us