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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Falso Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection immediately.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully 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 Falso Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see 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 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.

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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

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