Cover It Up Or Prepare To Cover Your Losses

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When people think about what they need to do to prepare for a hurricane, the list usually doesn’t extend out to the air conditioning unit. This is a big mistake though because if you were to follow a few simple steps to protect your unit, you could save yourselves from having to spend hundreds of dollars on repairs or replacement of the entire unit. It’s always important to be prepared, regardless of forecasts, because it only takes one major storm to cause significant problems.

What To Do Before The Storm

  1. Make sure that your unit is installed on a concrete pad and secured with hurricane straps. Hurricane straps can be required by building codes and they prevent the unit from going airborne in high winds.

  2. Install a surge protector for your AC unit so that power surges from the storms don’t destroy its wiring and components.

  3. Turn the AC system off before the storm arrives and cover the unit to protect it from flying objects and debris.

  4. Turn the temperature down to several degrees colder than your usual preferred indoor temperature. This way, your home is “pre-cooled” and will stay cooler for longer after you turn your AC off.

What To Do After The Storm

  1. You should inspect your AC unit first. If the storm has damaged your system, trying to run it can make things even worse.

  2. Make sure the air conditioner was not underwater at any time during the storm. If there is evidence that the immediate area has had flooding or water accumulation, call us at (919) 665-1416 to make sure everything is working properly.

  3. Remove the tarp or cover.

  4. Inspect the unit for any signs of damage.

  5. Remove any debris that may have lodged around the unit.

  6. Make sure that there is no damage to the electrical or refrigerant lines.

  7. Once you have run through this checklist, you should turn your AC back on as soon as possible. Otherwise, if you let it sit idle for too long, that will give mold and bacteria an opportunity to establish a foothold in your system and ducts.