What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage
While your air conditioner is created to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour 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 period, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning for a safety inspection as soon as possible.
If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:
- Disable all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help guide you through 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.
- Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 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, a could cause rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner 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 one out of ten of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.
Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.
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