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

While your AC system is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms 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 whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for an AC inspection as soon as possible. 

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations: 

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your AC system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help guide you through the process. 
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area. 
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection. 

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

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 AC unit more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around one out of ten of air conditioners 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 things picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit. 

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working 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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