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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the elements, including rain and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Norrell 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 few things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical controls for your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair 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 around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Norrell Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Annually 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 conditioner 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 AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Norrell Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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