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

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the weather, including rain and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe 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 at all, call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection right away.

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations:

  • Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help help you complete the process.
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full air conditioning system safety inspection.

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

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

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system.

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

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