It’s that time of the year again. Hurricane Season isn’t coming, it’s here. Ideally, the storms will come and go with minimal impact.
Hurricanes are unpredictable and you’ll want to take these steps to protect your air conditioning system from a costly storm. Preparing your AC for a hurricane is particularly complicated, but a little foresight can save you time and money later on.
Cut the Power
If there’s a storm on the way, you should take that as a cue to act. Shut down air conditioner system and cut the power to the unit to protect it from power surges. If you can’t access the master shut-off switch, go for the circuit breaker.
While this means that you won’t have the luxury of air conditioning during the storm. Take comfort in the thought that your system won’t short out in the event of a flood.
Cover AC Unit
Cover your air conditioner with something to protect it from debris and heavy rain. Cover the unit with a strong piece of tarp. You might want to consider building a homemade shelter made of plywood if you have the time and materials. This is especially important if the unit is in an open space where a fence won’t protect it.
What to Do After the Storm
Once the storm clears, you’ll be tempted to turn your AC on immediately. Don’t do that. You’ll want to inspect it and make sure that everything is ok before you flip the switch.
First, make sure that the unit wasn’t underwater at any point during the storm, especially if your area is prone to flooding.
Clear away any debris that may have accumulated around your air conditioner. Remove your tarp and other coverings and check the unit for signs of damage.
Have Your AC Checked by a Professional
Even with your preparations and care, damage can still occur. Make sure to have your unit inspected by an expert, especially if there are signs of damage. For full-service HVAC repair, replacement and maintenance services, count on the Air Boca team to get the job done right.
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