Many central air conditioners are located outside the home, so it is typically one of the first appliances you own that end up submerged in a flood. Since it can cost over $10,000 to replace an A/C unit, you may be tempted to try and repair your current machine rather than get a new one. However, not all flooded air conditioners can be saved. Here are a couple of tips for determining if yours can:
Look for Physical Damage
When deciding whether your air conditioner can be repaired, the first thing you need to do is inspect it for physical damage. Floods often uproot trees, rocks, and other debris that can beat the appliance up pretty good while the water is raging around it, and the damage can occur on the inside and the exterior. Therefore, you need to remove the air conditioner's cover to determine if the interior parts survived or are too smashed up to function properly.
Most physical damage can be repaired, so the real question is whether you should spend the money on fixing or put it towards getting a new machine. The most expensive parts of an air conditioner are the compressor, condenser, and the evaporator. So, if any of these parts are damaged, it's may be better to get a brand new machine.
For instance, it can cost up to $1,800 to replace an A/C compressor. You can purchase a new low-end air conditioner for that amount, so it may not be worth the money to fix your current machine (especially if there's more damage).
Inspect the machine and make not of the physical damage. Then use the internet to estimate how much it may cost to make repairs. If that number is higher than the cost of a new air conditioner, opt to get a new machine.
Determine How Long It's Been Submerged
The other thing you'll want to consider is the amount of time the unit has been submerged, and whether there was still electricity going to it at that time. The longer an air conditioner has been underwater, the bigger the chance there's irreparable damage. Additionally, if there was still electricity being fed to it (e.g. you forgot to turn off the circuit breaker), that could have led to severe damage to the unit's electrical system when water came into contact with it.
If the unit has only been submerged for a few hours or even a day, then the damage may be minimal. However, if the air conditioner has been underwater for days or a week, it may be too far gone to save.
For more advice on evaluating your air conditioner or to have your unit inspected by a professional, contact an HVAC company like CNR Air Conditioning Inc.Share
7 September 2017
As a DIY enthusiast, I started doing everything I could to make my household appliances more effective then ever before. I insulated my attic, worked on cleaning the vents around my kitchen appliances, and eventually turned my attention to my air conditioner and furnace. Unfortunately, the process of taking care of my HVAC system was more intense than I had originally anticipated. I realized that I needed to read about air conditioners and furnaces before I started tinkering around. I made this blog to showcase all kinds of different articles that talk about HVAC, so that you can become a more informed homeowner.