What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage Published on April 26, 2016 While your air conditioning unit is made to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to storms 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 AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible. If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations: · Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your air conditioning service company to help help you complete the process. · Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area. · Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Hammond Plumbing & Heating and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection. REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more damage, including not allowing the air conditioner to air out properly and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage. In addition to April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Annually thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners 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 conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around a tenth of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced. Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit. For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating today and we’ll make sure your air conditioner is operating safely and efficiently. Help keep your home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning.