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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the weather, including rain and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance 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 safely clear any debris from around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by 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 air conditioning system 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 AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit 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 system.

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