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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and storm damage, there are times when 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 terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. 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 Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair 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 the surrounding area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been performed. Call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more damage, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out completely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit 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 air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner 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 conditioner inspection and safety check, call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.

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