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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is created to withstand the weather, including rain and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection right away.

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 a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner 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 properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring also brings hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are harmed 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, obstructing 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 a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit 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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