How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season
Although we never plan to deal with severe weather, in the U.S. it’s a reality we must be prepared for. So if you don’t already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you think about air conditioner service when threatening weather looms. Of course it’s not the most important thing during these times, but there are a few steps you can take to help protect your system in the event of an emergency weather situation.
Batten down the hatches.
Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your AC is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, go a step further by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your experienced technician from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the U.S. can provide a recommendation on the best way to secure your particular air conditioner.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the initial stages of a violent storm it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet vital tasks. Shut down your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t very familiar with your fuse box, it’s a great time to learn it! Switch off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and observe and note which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Knowing what to do before an emergency saves you the trouble and uncertainty of having to do so in the dark later.
Clear the area around your air conditioner.
Hurricane force winds can do a lot of damage but so can a rake that has been flung into your air conditioner. As long as it’s still safe to be outside, make sure you clear the immediate area surrounding your air conditioner. This means furniture, tools, toys, and any other number of items that could be a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could be lifted off the ground and flung towards your air conditioner (or your home, for that matter) should be moved to a safer place and secured there.
In the event that a hurricane or severe storm forces water into your air conditioner, DON’T restore power to your air conditioner. If you are unsure of its safety AT ALL, you should immediately call in a licensed professional to do a thorough examination. The professionals at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing have seen it all before. So whether the U.S. is expecting bad weather or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 866-397-3787 today or schedule an appointment online.
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