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 weather, including rain and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Mountainwest Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection right away.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service technician to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Mountainwest Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 10% 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 items picked up by the wind, like tree branches, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Mountainwest Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working 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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