How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season

June 08, 2015

Although we never want to deal with severe weather, in Austin it’s a reality we must be prepped for. Whether or not 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 critical thing during a hurricane, but there are a few things you can do 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 AC is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, take extra precaution 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 Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin can offer guidance on the best way to secure your particular air conditioner.

Shut the system down.

This may seem like an obvious step, but in the initial stages of a hurricane it can be easy to panic and forget this and other small yet important tasks. Turn off 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! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and see which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Doing so before an emergency saves you the inconvenience and uncertainty 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 flung 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 turn into a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could be lifted off the ground and flung towards 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 pros at Strand Brothers Service Experts have seen it all before. So whether Austin is expecting a big storm or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call today or schedule an appointment online.

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