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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious 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 Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • Disable all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to rain, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the AC system 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 10% of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

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