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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is built to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and wind damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts for a safety inspection right away.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance technician to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from the surrounding area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been performed. Call Rob's Albertan Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring also brings hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can usually see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the AC system 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 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 objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit.

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit 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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