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 precipitation and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call San Antonio Air Service Experts for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

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 further damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been completed. Call San Antonio Air Service Experts and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC 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, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize 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 conditioner 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.

Strong 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 tree branches, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call San Antonio Air Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit 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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