What to Do When the Air Conditioner Floods Published on July 24, 2015 Areas across North America have had a great deal of flooding over the past few months, so Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning wanted to provide some advice on what to do with a flooded air conditioner in the event that heavy rains hit Salt Lake City. First and foremost, safety is the greatest priority. Your instinct may be to jump in and start to clean up, but it’s important to fully grasp the situation. Be sure to turn off the power to your air conditioner. If you have any concerns that the area may not be safe, call an expert like Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to inspect your HVAC equipment and the electrical system. You’ll need to determine if your air conditioner can be repaired or if the damage is severe enough that it should be replaced. There are three factors that will help you decide whether to call for AC repair, or start the search for a new unit. Time underwater – Consider how long your air conditioner was underwater. The bigger the amount of time it was impacted by floodwaters, the bigger the chance that there is worse damage. Electricity – As you read above, turn off power to your air conditioner as soon as you notice it has been affected by floodwaters. Additional damage can be done to your air conditioner the longer there is power flowing in to the system. Dirt/debris in equipment – If your air conditioner filled up with debris from the floodwaters, it could hurt its ability to function. If AC repair is necessary, here are some tips to sustain a safe environment, which can be done by a pro. Turn off all electrical switches. Make certain that you turn off all switches (i.e. disconnects and breakers) to your air conditioner. Allow the equipment to dry. Remove any visible or standing water from the area and work to keep the area dry. Have equipment and wiring inspected. Do not turn on flooded equipment until you have it looked at and serviced by a qualified, NATE-certified technician. A professional AC tune-up from Service Experts includes a complete inspection, cleaning and lubrication of the system, as well as a consultation, recommendations and free estimate on a new air conditioner if need be. Don’t rush it. If flood waters came in contact with the air conditioner, experts can confirm whether the air conditioner is functioning correctly or not. For your safety, allow time for the system to be properly tuned or replaced. Change air and furnace filters. Swap your home’s air filters to prevent contaminants from stacking up. This can also help to reduce the risk of impacting your air conditioner’s operation and the indoor air quality. You may feel like you can take care of the cleaning, but professionals have the expertise to properly clean your equipment and make certain it’s running at its best. If heavy rain or flooding hits your home in Salt Lake City, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-871-8425 or schedule an appointment online and our experts will help with your AC repair, getting you and your home back to normal.