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 elements, including rain and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls to your AC system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see 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 one out of ten of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning.

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