Steps to Take After Flooding or Hail Damages Your Air Conditioning System

Air conditioners are designed to withstand elements, like rain and snow. However, if your outdoor air conditioner is submerged in standing water from a large downpour, this might seriously damage the electrical components inside. Your air conditioner is most likely to get damaged if the floodwater exceeds a foot deep. Still, if the equipment has flooded at all, contact Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning at 215-278-9690 for an air conditioning inspection.

If extreme flooding has happened or is likely to take place, follow these directions to avoid damaging your HVAC system or creating dangerous operating conditions.

Before Flooding

Don’t cover your air conditioner with a tarp. A plastic sheet won’t repel water. Instead, it will bring moisture inside, encourage rust, cause mold growth and give pests a spot to hide.

If you are in a flood-prone area, think about installing your air conditioner on a raised platform. This elevates the system above potential floodwaters and can save you hassle and expense when you have to deal with the next downpour.

Another method to care for your air conditioning equipment is to install a retaining wall around it. This technique can help you avoid air conditioner flooding, even as water flows around it. Similarly, you can pile sandbags around the equipment when you realize a storm is coming.

If hail is expected, you can lay sections of plywood across the top of the air conditioner to protect it from hail damage. Weigh the wood down securely with stones or bricks in case the wind picks up.

During Flooding

Don’t use your AC while it’s surrounded by water. Doing so could create an electrical shock hazard or even destroy the internal system components.

To skip these issues, switch off the power to the air conditioner and thermostat. The quickest method for completing this is to find the HVAC and thermostat breakers in your junction box and switch them to the “off” position. If you need assistance, call an air conditioning service company like Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning.

After Flooding

Once the rain eases off, you want your AC to dry out quickly. Draw away standing water, if possible, and pick up any debris from the nearby area.

Don’t turn on the air conditioner until it has been evaluated by an HVAC technician. Even after it has dried out, operating flood-damaged equipment might pose the same hazards as turning on the air conditioning while it’s still under the water. Some issues require days or weeks to begin showing symptoms, so it’s best to keep your air conditioner turned off until you receive the go-ahead from an HVAC pro.

While you wait for your appointment, review your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if flood damage secures your outdoor cooling system. If so, take photos of the damage and present your claim as soon as possible. If you don’t have flood insurance, you may still be covered if the unit has sustained wind or hail damage.

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