What should I do if my AC unit was under water because of the recent flood?

We have receive many calls due to the large amount of rain with AC flood damage.  Here is a quick list of items to know about your air conditioner.

First and foremost, go to your breaker panel and turn off the power to your AC unit.  More damage could occur if electricity flows into the unit.  Second, contact your homeowners insurance company and see if you have any coverage from flooding or storm damage.  Many policies exclude flood damage but will cover if a tree limb damages your AC unit.  So if you have wind damage, make sure to mention this first before you mention the flood damage.

Fresh water is not the same as salt water and is much less corrosive and damaging.  Be sure to let the condenser dry out for a few weeks before having service performed.

For the outdoor section:
  • Turn off the breaker
  • Have the coils cleaned.  This should be done from the inside of the unit by removing the top of the unit.
  • If any electrical component was submerged, it should be removed and checked for corrosion and faults or replaced.
  • The condenser fan motor could be damaged if the seal around the motor is bad.  These motors are designed to be in the rain but not submerged.
  • Compressor terminals should be cleaned as rust and corrosion will build up over the next 60 to 90 days.
All of these items are checked on a complete system cleaning and tune up.  If you live in the Greater New Orleans area schedule today online or call 504-469-4232.

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