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

While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including precipitation and storm damage, there are times when you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Stevenson Service Experts for an air conditioner inspection right away. 

If severe storms or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a few things we advise doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations: 

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

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more damage, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage. 

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, also. Every year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can probably 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, 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 a tenth of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be completely replaced. 

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, furniture, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner. 

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

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