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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant 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 period, call Levy & Son Service Experts for an AC 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 a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical controls for 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 air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call Levy & Son Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC 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, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see 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 a tenth of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully 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 bushes, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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

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