How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season
Although we never want to deal with severe weather, in Philadelphia it’s a reality we must be ready for. If you already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you include air conditioner service when severe weather approaches. Of course it’s not the most important thing during a hurricane, but there are a few tips to help protect your system 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, go a step further by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your professional technician from Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning in Philadelphia can offer advice on the best way to secure your individual air conditioner.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the first moments of a hurricane it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet critical tasks. Switch off your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t intimately familiar with your fuse box, it’s an ideal time to get acquainted! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and take note of which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Knowing what to do before an emergency saves you the hassle 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 chair that has been thrown 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 items that could become a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could get thrown into 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 do a thorough examination. The professionals at Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning have seen it all before. So whether Philadelphia is expecting hurricane-like conditions or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 215-259-5850 today or schedule an appointment online.
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