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

While your air conditioner is created to withstand the elements, including rain and wind damage, sometimes you need to call your AC repair technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to flooding or other unexpected issues, it can cause severe 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 period, call Stevenson Service Experts for an AC inspection right away. 

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a couple of things we recommend doing to avoid further damage or dangerous situations: 

  • Turn off all the electrical controls for your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair technician to help help you complete the process. 
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Clear out 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 air conditioning 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 HVAC systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more issues, including not allowing the unit to air out entirely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage. 

In addition to downpours, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Each year thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can normally see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize 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 10% of AC systems damaged by hail had to be completely replaced. 

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects 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 working 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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