What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage
While your AC system is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and wind damage, sometimes 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 serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for an air conditioner inspection right away.
If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:
- Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help assist you with the process.
- Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
- Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.
REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out entirely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.
In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 conditioner more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.
High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.
For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.
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