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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the weather, including precipitation and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe 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 at all, call TML Service Experts for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Deactivate all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call TML Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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 air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Strong 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 unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call TML 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 city is under a serious storm warning.

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