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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is created to withstand all sorts of conditions, including heavy showers and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system 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 12-15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Midway Services for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we advise doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service company to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been done. Call Midway Services and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

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

In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring 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 be able to see that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioner more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Midway Services 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 home is under a serious storm warning.

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