As we enter hurricane season, our area can certainly feel the aftermath of coastal storms. When threatening weather is on the way, be sure to think about air conditioner service. Here are a few tips to help protect your air conditioner in the event of an emergency weather situation.
Attach Firmly to Base
Make sure your air conditioner is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, take extra care by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the beginning of a violent storm it can be easy to panic and forget this and other smaller yet critical tasks. Shut down your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t very familiar with your fuse box, it’s an ideal time to get to know it! Turn off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and observe and note which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Taking action before an emergency saves you the inconvenience and danger of having to do so in the dark later.
Clear the area around your air conditioner.
Hurricane force winds and the accompanying debris can do a lot of damage. 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 get thrown into your air conditioner 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 provide an expert opinion. Our professionals at Spencer Air Conditioning and Heating can help you determine if your air conditioner is safe. Contact us today at (972) 446-COOL (2665) or find us online at www.spencerairconditioning.com. We’ve been serving your neighbors for over 56 years. Our longevity speaks for our quality.