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

While your air conditioner is made to withstand all sorts of conditions, including rain and hail damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause serious damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding period, call Stevenson Service Experts for a safety inspection immediately. 

If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we suggest doing to avoid additional damage or dangerous situations: 

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance company to help assist you with the process. 
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Clear out any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the surrounding area. 
  • Don’t turn your air conditioner back on until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. 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 may actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out properly and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage. 

In addition to downpours, spring also brings hail storms, as well. Every 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 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 air conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced. 

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioner probably won’t get wind damage, other items picked up by the wind, like bushes, furniture, 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 AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your loved ones safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning. 

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