Although we never plan to deal with tropical storms, in Hurricane 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 is on the way. Of course it’s not the most critical concern during a dangerous storm, but there are a few steps you can take to help protect your air conditioner in the event of an emergency weather situation.
Batten down the hatches.
Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your system 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. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your experienced technician from Teays Valley Service Experts in Hurricane can offer guidance on the best way to secure your specific air conditioner.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the beginning of a weather emergency it can be easy to panic and forget this and other smaller yet vital tasks. Shut down your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t intimately familiar with your fuse box, it’s a great time to learn it! Turn off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and see which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Taking action before an emergency saves you the trouble and danger 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 wheelbarrow that has been launched 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 objects that could be a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could damage 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 provide an expert opinion. The experts at Teays Valley have seen it all before. So whether Hurricane is expecting hurricane-like conditions or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 304-760-5088 today or schedule an appointment online.