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Hurricane Harvey Air Conditioner Tips

Hurricane Harvey Air Conditioner Tips

When flood water gets into your outdoor A/C unit, it causes corrosion, which does not allow your system to run efficiently or effectively. If not addressed immediately it can destroy your A/C System over time. If your condenser had water up to the plug on the compressor (and only a thorough examination can determine this), it should be condemned and replaced.

Many homeowners learned an expensive lesson during Katrina...they thought that if they cleaned the condenser and dried it out and it ran, it would be OK. Unless chemically cleaned most debris can never be entirely cleaned from the condenser coil. Likewise, fan motors, electrical connections and control boards exposed to too much water can become corroded over time even though they seem fine now!

My AC Unit Still Runs After The Flooding, So Isn’t It OK?

My AC Unit Still Runs After The Flooding, So Isn’t It OK?

A system that runs after a storm is not necessarily a sound working system. After Katrina, it was a year or two later when these condensers started failing at a catastrophic rate. The problem is that two years after a storm the insurance companies can refuse to honor most claims. Do not think that because your condenser is running that everything is alright. Call Your Air Conditioning Company at 281-612-8949 for a cleaning and complete inspection.

If our company feels that the future operation of the system was compromised, we'll document your claim for your insurance company. Most insurance policies cover the cost of replacing a flooded outdoor unit.

Remember, if you were flooded, have a Your Air Conditioning Company Service Technician check your A/C system. For your safety it is best NOT to turn your system back on until a professional checks it.

What to Do After the Storm

  • Turn your A/C System off.
  • Turn off the electrical breaker for your A/C System.
  • Have your A/C unit cleaned after the storm if your yard had standing water.

Aren’t AC Units Designed To Handle The Weather?

Water Immersion - Most outdoor units are specifically designed to handle inclement weather and resist things like rain, wind, heat, cold etc., however they are not designed to be immersed in water.

Electrical failure - While the metal components in most units are inherently resistant to water, the electrical components that operate the unit itself are not. Rising water can short out electrical connections, creating a dangerous situation. Even if the unit is operational after being immersed, the water in the component will cause corrosion and/or equipment failure later if not inspected and/or cleaned.

Debris & Particles - Rising water also carries debris and particulates which can work their way into previously sealed bearings in motors and clog coils, creating problems that may not occur immediately but could cause complete system failure in the future.

If you had rising water in your ac unit, protect yourself and your A/C system with an inspection from Your Air Conditioning Company, Houston’s most trusted AC specialists. Call us at 281-612-8949 or complete our contact form to have one of our associates contact you.

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4 Tips To Keep You & Your Family Safe

Turn off all electrical switches and cut power to the A/C unit.

Allow the equipment to dry completely. Remove standing water surrounding the A/C unit.

Have the A/C unit and all electrical wiring inspected by a licensed contractor before turning the power back on.

Don't get in a hurry & attempt to operate equipment before and inspection.

What Will I Get With An Inspection and Evaluation?

  • Debris Inspection: All accessible electrical components will be inspected for high water and debris intrusion.
  • Electrical testing: Every component will be tested for proper amperage and voltage draws.
  • Wiring: All affected wire connections will be cleaned and reconnected with new fasteners.
  • Internal Inspection: Your A/C unit will have the top removed, the fan motor will be inspected, and the coils will be chemically cleaned from the inside of the unit to remove any hazardous contamination and reverse flushed to remove all debris.
  • Operational Analysis: After the unit is cleaned and reassembled, you will receive a state of the art operational analysis of the system to determine if there are any system inefficiencies.
  • Efficiency Report: You will receive an efficiency report to let you know that your system is operating at factory standards or what should be done to return it to as near factory standards as possible.

We want you and your family to be safe and comfortable! Contact us now at 281-612-8949 or complete our contact form and mention our hurricane ad to get Special Hurricane Relief Pricing for your system inspection and evaluation.