We have had a horrible experience here in Houston and particularly Kingwood with Hurricane Harvey. You may be wondering what to do after the flood with your AC unit. When you have been through a traumatic experience like your home flooding, there is so much to take care of when you return.
Before you return home, you can find out what your insurance policy covers. You will need to know if your policy covers storm damage or flooding. If a storm damages your exterior AC unit, your insurance is likely to cover repair or replacement cost. However, not all policies cover flood damage (if your unit sat in water).
When your return to your home after the flood, take steps to minimize the damage to your AC unit. If you had to evacuate, hopefully you were able to turn off the power at the breaker box before leaving. When you return, if your home has power, be sure to have the breaker to your AC system turned off and allow the system to dry out completely.
After the unit has dried out, carefully clear any debris from around the unit. The coils should be cleaned from inside the unit so dirt is not pushed into the coils. Check the coil fins for any sign of damage.
If your AC unit (or any of the electrical components of it) was submerged in the storm, the electrical components should be checked by a trained technician. These components could corrode or be faulty when exposed to too much water. The outdoor unit is designed to withstand rain and the elements, but they are not designed to be submerged.
After a flood has affected your AC unit, be sure to have your AC system checked out by your licensed technician before starting it back up. The technician knows what to look for to be sure your unit is safe to function. Not only could the electrical parts corrode, but the condenser fan could be damaged if the seal around the motor is bad.
After the flood, it is important to make sure that your unit is safe for operation to avoid damage to other portions of your AC system. As always, we are here for any questions or concerns you may have after the flood. It’s been a difficult few days, and we want to serve the community any way we can.