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

While your air conditioner is built to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system 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 conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for a safety inspection immediately. 

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 more damage or dangerous conditions: 

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance company to help assist you with the process. 
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area. 
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing and ensure your equipment will operate 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 air conditioner to air out entirely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage. 

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can probably 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, hindering 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 conditioning units damaged by hail had to be completely replaced. 

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

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning. 

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