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

While your AC system is made to withstand the weather, including rain and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible 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 at all, call Norrell Service Experts for an AC inspection as soon as possible. 

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions: 

  • Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help assist you with the process. 
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area. 
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been completed. Call Norrell 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 issues, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage. 

In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 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 air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be fully replaced. 

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit. 

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

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