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 heavy showers and hail 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 a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Donelson Air Service Experts for an AC inspection right away.

If heavy showers 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 situations:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from around the area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call Donelson Air Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more damage, including not allowing the air conditioner 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 AC units are harmed by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Strong 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 children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Donelson Air Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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