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

While your air conditioner is built to withstand the elements, including rain and hail damage, there are times when you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your air conditioning unit sits in standing water, due to storms or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical sections. The water usually has to reach about 12-15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding at all, call Stevenson Service Experts for a safety inspection immediately. 

If heavy showers or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a few things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions: 

  • Disable all the electrical switches to your air conditioner. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning repair expert to help help you complete the process. 
  • Allow your air conditioning equipment to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from around the area. 
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional air conditioning inspection has been performed. Call Stevenson Service Experts and ensure your equipment will run safely and effectively with a full air conditioner safety inspection. 

NOTE: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This may actually cause more damage, including not allowing the system to air out entirely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage. 

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, too. Annually thousands of commercial and residential AC units are damaged by hail. While you can probably see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, hindering 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 air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be completely replaced. 

Intense winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree limbs, grills, or sandboxes, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioning unit. 

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

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