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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system 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 possible 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 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection immediately.

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out completely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing 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 a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced.

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

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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