preparing for a hurricane, it’s important to not forget about your AC system in the process! Whether there’s a storm stirring in the gulf or you’re just looking to get prepared, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list to help you protect your AC system during a hurricane. Let’s jump right into it!
What to do Before
- Secure all Outdoor Objects
Picking up and securing outdoor objects is going to protect your home and HVAC system by clearing debris from the storm’s path! The general rule is to clear your yard from anything that could potentially be swept up by the wind.
- Tree and Plant Trimming
If you want to take it a step further, you can even trim your trees and plants to really ensure that during the hurricane, it is less likely for a branch or limb to fall on your HVAC system.
- Remove your Window AC Units
If you don’t have any window units you can skip this step. If you do, it’s important to remove them, store them in a safe place, and seal the windows. Taking your window units out can not only protect them from being hit by debris, but it also eliminates the possibility of it being ripped out by the wind and causing additional damage.
- Consider Getting a Surge Protector
It’s no surprise that your HVAC system is one of the biggest home investments you have to make. Like most electronics, your AC Unit is sensitive to lightning. When there is a storm that causes power surges, it can sometimes cause the capacitor and other parts to fail. When this happens, it can lead to a costly repair which could be prevented by the use of a surge protector. Need help getting one installed? Give us a call at 936-890-8991.
- Shut off the Power to your AC Unit
If a surge protector isn’t right for you, you can also shut off the power to the unit at the breaker box. This step also protects your unit from damages caused by power outage surges!
Bonus Tip: Before you shut off the power, cool your home by dropping the thermostat a few extra degrees. Make sure to seal all doors and windows to keep the cool air in!
What to do After
- Inspect your AC System
Before turning your AC System back on after the hurricane, inspect the area around your system. Here are a few things to look for!
Don’t turn it on if…
- The unit is partially or fully submerged in water
- There are limbs or other large debris on the system
- There are electrical or refrigerant lines that are damaged
*Note: if any of these apply, it is important to call a licensed HVAC technician as soon as possible to properly inspect the unit.
- Clear the Area around the Unit
If none of the scenarios above apply, clear the area from any debris that may be on or around your unit. Once clean and inspected you can turn the unit on!
If at any point you are unsure or suspect possible damages, you can call our licensed technicians to ensure the safety of the unit. At Reliable Air & Heat we are here to assist those in The Woodlands, Conroe, Willis, and surrounding areas! Have additional questions? Give us a call!