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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is made to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and storm damage, sometimes you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe 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 at all, call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical switches for your AC system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service company to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more damage, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems 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, hindering 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 entirely replaced.

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

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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