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 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 storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant 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 period, call Strand Brothers Service Experts 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 more damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of 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 air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Strand Brothers Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could 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 rain, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner 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.

Intense 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, grills, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Strand Brothers Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

Contact Us