Should I Turn off My AC During a Flood?

In Florida’s subtropical climate, it can rain throughout the year. Plus, the sunshine state is often a target for hurricanes, so it’s no surprise that flooding is a big concern for Florida homeowners, and flood damage can cost you hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars in repairs. While you can prepare for a flood by filling sandbags and stocking up on gallon water jugs, you might overlook another vital component of your home: your cooling system. When the rain pours down and water rises into your neighborhood, possibly into your home, have you thought about how your AC might be affected? For starters, should you turn off the AC during a flood? Yes, you should, and here are a few reasons why:

Power Surges Can Damage Your AC Compressor

While you should definitely avoid running your AC during an electrical storm or thunderstorm, heavy rain and winds can cause power outages, too. During a flood situation, chances are the rain is heavy enough to cause a power surge. While power surges can damage any electrical device, your air conditioner is also susceptible.

Thankfully, your unit is most vulnerable to power surges when it’s running, so the first thing you should do during a storm is turn off your AC. You should start doing this for every storm because even a weak surge can fry your AC’s capacitor, which will eventually cause your AC compressor to stop working. If your air conditioner won’t turn on after a heavy storm, most likely you’ve been hit by a power surge and should call an HVAC technician. Even if you think you might have encountered a power surge, call a professional to inspect your system for any possible damage.

Standing Water Can Damage AC Electrical Components

If there is standing water inside, or even outside your home, you should first turn off your AC breaker if you haven’t done so already. If any water comes into contact with the electrical components of your air conditioner, it could result in some costly repairs. Water and electricity are a bad combination, and your cooling system has a lot of electrical components. If your property is flooded, it’s wise to protect your air conditioner by cutting off the electrical supply. Once the waters recede, call a professional to determine what steps you should take next to combat any additional damage.

Call Colman Heating & Air After a Flood for AC Repair Service

In Florida, floods happen, but damage to your HVAC system doesn’t have to. Make sure you turn off your AC during any storms and give Colman Heating & Air a call afterward to ensure your AC receives the care it deserves. We’re here to help! Call us or reach out online to schedule an appointment.

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