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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is created to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious 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 at all, call McKinley Heating Service Experts for an AC inspection right away.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been completed. Call McKinley Heating Service Experts 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 damage, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out completely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see 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 a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call McKinley Heating Service Experts 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 home is under a serious storm warning.

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