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 rain and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect potential damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts for an AC inspection as soon as possible.

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

  • Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

REMEMBER: 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 properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to rain, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system 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 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 things picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.

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