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

While your AC system is built to withstand the elements, including rain and wind damage, occasionally 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 terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about 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 right away. 

If intense rainfall or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we suggest doing to avoid more damage or a dangerous environment: 

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

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor HVAC systems with a tarp. This can 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 April showers, spring tends to bring hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are harmed by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, obstructing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioning system 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 fully replaced. 

High 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, grills, or children’s outdoor toys, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit. 

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 home safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your area is under a serious storm warning. 

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