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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is built to withstand the elements, including heavy showers and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. 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 Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance company to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from around the area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This can actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice 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 air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely 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 limbs, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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