Air conditioning units are meant to withstand the weather. It will stand steadfast in rain and even hail, but even its sturdy construction is not immune to damage when it is submerged in flood waters. If your AC was faced with even minor flooding, here is what you can do to make sure it hasn’t been excessively damaged.
To prevent further damage after flood waters have hit your AC, you need to take action as soon as the flood waters recede. If flooding is in the forecast:
- Ideally, as soon as you see the water rising, you should cut the electricity to your AC unit through the breaker box. The water can quickly short the electrical system in your AC, so this should be done as soon as possible.
- Once the water has gone, you should help your air conditioner dry out. Outdoor AC units are designed to be very efficient at drying away moisture, which is why they are just fine in the rain. However, you can help it along by making sure all debris is removed around it so it can air out.
- Once your AC has had a chance to dry out, be sure to call your AC company immediately for a service call. If you were slow turning off the electricity to your AC or were flooded with brackish water, the diagnosis will probably not look great. However, your AC repair technician will walk you through what all has been damaged, and what, if anything, can be done.
While your AC unit may be the most obvious concern, you will also want to have your duct work inspected, especially if you have floor duct work and there was a significant amount of flooding in your home. Unfortunately, unlike your AC unit, which may only need repair, flooded ducts often need to be replaced when exposed to moisture.
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