What to do When the Air Conditioner Floods

As Southwest Florida residents, most of us are not strangers to heavy rains and flooding, especially during hurricane season. Even as winter turns to spring soon, the changing temperatures will usher in bad weather which for many people means flooding. Depending on the placement of your outdoor air conditioner and the severity of the flooding you might have damage to your system. Just in case this happens we’ll examine what you should do if your unit floods so you won’t be caught off guard.

Safety First

As you hopefully know, water and electricity do not mix. Many people rush straight into cleaning up after a flood but it is important to stop and asses the situation first. Turn off the power to your are conditioning and if you feel like the situation may not be safe for you to be around call a professional immediately.

How Bad is it?

Again this may be a question best suited for an HVAC professional, but one way or another you are going to have to determine how bad the damage is to the AC unit and if it is going to need replacing. There are three main factors to consider here. The longer your unit was underwater the more severe the damage is going to be so take note and consider this. As we mentioned before, electricity and water are not a good team so as soon as you realize the system has been in flood waters, turn off the power to the unit. The damage can be made far worse by leaving the electricity on with power flowing into the system. Determine how much, if any dirt and debris the water brought into the AC unit. Debris can restrict air-flow or cause the system not to function at all.

AC Repair

If you are going to need repair, the damage can still be minimized. We highly suggest you let an HVAC technician take over at this point but if you are an expert with electricity you can shut off all the breakers, turn off all switches and anything that might let electricity flow into the air conditioner. Any standing water will have to be completely gone and the area dry before it is safe. Again it’s best you let a professional do all of this but if you know how to take these steps safely it can prevent further damage while you wait for the repair person. Do not turn on flooded equipment without having all wiring and the system inspected by a HVAC professional. Replace all filters immediately as this can prevent mold and other pollutants from settling into your system. Allow the system to be repaired, tuned, or replaced before using the system again. Make sure you have been given the green light by a technician as this will minimize system damage and keep your home safe.
While we hope that you don’t experience a flood, life happens and knowing this information can save you money and possibly your life. Should you have questions or think your system has flood damage call 7th Generation Air Conditioning and Heating immediately at 941-966-1684.


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