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 weather, including rain and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.

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

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

REMEMBER: 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 completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can normally 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 air conditioner 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 air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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