Considering that your air conditioning system is one of your home’s most valuable assets, it’s worth your while to take some extra steps to protect your air conditioner from hurricane weather.
1. Strap down your outdoor air conditioning unit.
When you’re dealing with the 120+ mile per hour winds that a Category 3 hurricane can bring your way, there’s a very good chance that you could lose your outdoor air conditioner unit altogether if it’s not properly strapped down. Since we are privy to hurricane weather in Port Orange, Florida, this is why East Coat Heating and Air Conditioning technicians make hurricane straps part of our installation process.
2. Turn off your air conditioner in anticipation of the storm’s arrival.
Hurricanes have a tendency to bring power outages, and it can be very damaging to your air conditioner to experience these constant power interruptions. This is why it’s in your best interest to turn off your air conditioner in anticipation of a storm.
If you’re concerned that your home will be too hot during the time that your air conditioner is off, make a point to turn down the temperature of your home for several hours prior to turning your air conditioner off.
3. Cover your outdoor air conditioner unit with a tarp or plywood.
The fierce winds that a hurricane can bring can cause an excessive amount of dirt and debris to enter your outdoor air conditioner unit. If not covered, this can cause some serious damage to your outdoor unit.
Once the storm has passed, make sure to inspect your air conditioner (especially the outdoor unit) for any visible damage before turning it back on. Neglecting to do so can result in the need for costly repairs. After confirming that your air conditioner appears to be in working order, don’t wait too long to turn your system back on. By allowing your air conditioner to sit idle for a long time, you are creating an opportunity for mold to establish a foothold in your system and ducts.
If the arrival of Hurricane Matthew has left you feeling concerned about the safety of your air conditioner, schedule routine maintenance with one of our Port Orange HVAC technicians to help ensure that your system will be safe in future storms.
Please contact us at East Coast Heating and Air Conditioning in Port Orange, Florida for more ways to keep your air conditioner safe in a hurricane.