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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is built to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. 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 Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection immediately.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance company to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can 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 tends to bring hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units 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 AC system 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 10% of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Strong 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, furniture, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 city is under a serious storm warning.

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