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

April 26, 2016

While your AC system is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and wind damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair 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 significant damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Freschi Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection right away.

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

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from around the area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Freschi Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing 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 air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Freschi Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning.

Contact Us