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

While your air conditioner is built to withstand the weather, including rain and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system 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 15 inches in depth to affect your AC system, but if there has been any flooding period, call Stevenson Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection right away. 

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

  • Turn off all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable doing this, you can call your AC maintenance expert to help assist you with the process. 
  • Allow your air conditioner to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from the immediate area. 
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Stevenson Service Experts and ensure your equipment will work safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection. 

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, possibly causing rust or other damage. 

In addition to rain, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are damaged by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not be able to see that the damage inside the AC system may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 a tenth of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced. 

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

For a full AC inspection and safety check, call Stevenson Service Experts today and we’ll make sure your AC system is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your city is under a serious storm warning. 

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