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 weather, including rain and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. 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 Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance expert 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 air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can normally 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, 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 one out of ten of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully 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 conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is working 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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