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Air Conditioner Damage from Hail, Storms

Has your air conditioner suffered possible damage from storms in Indiana? Here’s what you need to know.

While spring in Indiana is known for seasonal storms, the end of summer and beginning of fall can be just as tricky. As outdoor temperatures start to rise and fall, it can be the perfect recipe for bad weather, including heavy rains, high winds, hail, and even tornadoes.

The good news is air conditioners are built to withstand heavy rain and extreme temperatures. But they can be damaged by hail, debris and flooding. Here’s what you need to know about air conditioners and bad weather.

Air Conditioners and Weather Damage: What to Do

Get help. If you suspect your unit has been damaged by Mother Nature, schedule a visit from a technician for a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

Resist the tarp. It’s tempting to cover your air conditioner with a tarp to protect it from the elements, but this can actually cause more problems. Your system won’t be able to air out properly and remove moisture, which could cause rust or other damage.

Watch for standing water. If heavy rains leave your air conditioner in standing water, call for a technician as soon as possible, and take the following actions:

  • Turn off the electrical controls to your AC system. If you don’t know how to do this, give us a call and we can help walk you through it.
  • If possible, remove any standing water. Clear debris, and then let your air conditioner dry out.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional can thoroughly inspect it to ensure safe operation.

Be aware of internal damage. It’ll obvious if your air conditioning system is damaged by hail – you’ll see the dents to prove it. What you won’t see is potential malfunctions on the inside, which could include restricted airflow caused by damaged condenser coil fins. If the air isn’t flowing properly, your unit won’t perform well, and this can lead to a host of new problems. If your unit has been hit by hail, schedule an appointment with a technician for a thorough inspection.

Declutter your space. You certainly can’t control falling tree limbs and blowing debris, but you can decrease your chances of air conditioning damage. Get rid of clutter around your unit, like empty flower pots, tools, firewood or other discarded household items. Loose objects can become projectiles in harsh winds. And explore landscaping options that can also serve as a barrier to inclement weather.

Each year, thousands of residential and commercial air conditioners are damaged by hail and other weather-related conditions. If you know or suspect that your unit has been damaged, give us a call (317) 585-8981. We will make sure your air conditioner is functioning properly, so you and your family can be safe and comfortable in your home.