When Natural Disasters Strike: The Impact On Your Air Conditioner And How To Fix It

Posted on: 30 April 2017

Natural disasters are the most damaging of incidents when it comes to your home, your property, and even your central air conditioning. If a recent natural disaster struck your area, you may be struggling with how to fix the damages you incurred. While air conditioning repair may be the furthest thing from your mind, you need to consider it more seriously. This system has a direct line into your home's heating and cooling, both of which are essential to the protection and function of your home. Here are some standard repairs associated with different natural disasters.


Meteors and meteorites fall from space all the time. By the time they hit the ground, most of them are barely pebbles. However, there have been several in the past that were enormous before they hit the Earth's atmosphere and they did not get much smaller by the time they touched down. Many stories exist of homes that were damaged by this debris from space.

If your central air unit outside is damaged under these circumstances, it is highly probable the the entire unit will need to be replaced. The reason for this is that the extreme heat of the flaming rock combined with the force with which it strikes your A/C can damage the evaporator, the coolant tank and/or the condenser, not to mention the containment box and fan. The coolant tank would have a dangerous leak, resulting in an immediate replacement of your entire system.


Floods are very damaging to A/C units because of the open slots in the condenser cases. As water rises, it enters the box, creating problems for proper condensation and evaporation. If any electrical wiring is exposed, that could also create several short circuits and electrify the water around the box. As a precaution, most HVAC contractors will put on rubber wading boots, rubber work gloves and rubber coveralls before attempting to remove the plastic casing and checking out the damage inside. The amount of water still inside the unit needs to be drained, everything needs to be cleaned, and then it all has to be checked to make sure it is in good working order.

Mud and Rock Slides

People who live close to mountains can often expect that there will be mud and rock slides during rainy seasons or during the spring when the melted snow and ice sends rocks and mud down the slopes. Unfortunately for anyone living too close to the base of the mountains they will see a lot of damage. If mud and/or rocks covers your A/C unit, the HVAC technician will need to dig out the unit, clear out all the mud and rocks, clean the unit and check it for functionality. If anything is broken or damaged as a result of this natural disaster, it will have to be replaced.

Companies like A/C Rescue can help with situations like these.