What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage 

While your air conditioner is built to withstand all sorts of conditions, including precipitation and hail damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect potential damage. If your air conditioner sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Stevenson Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection as soon as possible. 

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your air conditioner to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid further damage or a dangerous environment: 

  • Turn off all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your air conditioning repair company to help assist you with the process. 
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and safely clear any debris from around the area. 
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Stevenson Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection. 

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more problems, including not allowing the unit to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage. 

In addition to rain, spring tends to bring hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are harmed by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around one out of ten of AC systems damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced. 

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, trash cans, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your system. 

For a full air conditioning inspection and safety check, call Stevenson Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your home is under a serious storm warning. 

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