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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the elements, including rain and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Komfort Air for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Komfort Air and ensure your equipment will work 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 properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, also. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, hindering the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit 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 AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Komfort Air today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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