Flooding or Hail Can Lead to Big Damage to Your Air Conditioning System

Air conditioners are designed to withstand weather, including rain and snow. However, if your outdoor air conditioner is immersed in standing water from a large downpour, this might severely damage the electrical components within. Your air conditioner is most likely to get damaged if the floodwater reaches a foot deep. Still, if the unit has flooded at all, reach out to Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at 352-414-4006 for an air conditioning inspection.

If extreme flooding has occurred or is likely to happen, follow these instructions to avoid hurting your air conditioner or generating dangerous operating conditions.

Before Flooding

Don’t cover your air conditioner with a tarp. A plastic sheet won’t protect it from water. Instead, it will draw moisture inside, encourage rust, hasten mold growth and give critters a spot to hide.

If you are in a flood-prone spot, research moving your air conditioner on a high base. This elevates the unit above any floodwaters and can save you hassle and expense after the next downpour.

Another way to care for your air conditioning system is to create a retaining wall around it. This option can prevent air conditioner flooding, even as water surges around it. Similarly, you can place sandbags around the unit when you realize a storm is coming.

If hail is expected, you can place pieces of plywood across the top of the air conditioner to shield it from hail damage. Weigh the plywood down safely with stones or bricks in case the wind gets stronger.

During Flooding

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

To avoid these issues, turn off the power to the AC and thermostat. The fastest method for doing this is to go to the HVAC and thermostat breakers in your junction box and flip them to the “off” position. If you want help, contact an air conditioning service company like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

After Flooding

Once the rain moves on, you want your system to dry out as soon as possible. Siphon off standing water, if possible, and pick up any debris from the surrounding area.

Don’t turn on the AC until it has been reviewed by an HVAC expert. Even after it has dried out, operating flood-damaged equipment might pose the same hazards as using the air conditioning while it’s still under the water. Some troubles need days or weeks to begin having symptoms, so it’s smart to keep your unit turned off until you have the go-ahead from an HVAC tech.

While you wait for your service visit, read through your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if flood damage secures your outdoor cooling system. If so, take photos of the damage and submit your claim as soon as possible. If you don’t have flood insurance, you may still be covered if the system has suffered wind or hail damage.

Don’t Wait and Arrange Your AC Flooding Inspection with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Today

For a comprehensive air conditioning inspection and safety check following a flood, ask for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll confirm your HVAC system is performing safely and efficiently for your peace of mind. If the system has been damaged, we may be able to perform the needed air conditioning repair. If it turns out you need an air conditioning replacement, we can get the service done, with flooding precautions in place this time to help escape future problems. As always, all of our superb services are supported by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.* To request an estimate, call us at 352-414-4006 or schedule an appointment online right away.


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