Hurricane Season is Here
The media will soon be busy writing articles and broadcasting specials providing tips and checklists to help us prepare before a storm approaches. Their advice will tell us the importance of water, batteries, flashlights, radios, plywood, generators and gasoline in securing our homes and surviving during and after a storm, but none of them talk about the importance of protecting the largest and most expensive appliance in your home…your air conditioning system.
Residents in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, and the Miami area should follow these few simple steps before, during and after a storm to ensure that your A/C system is ready and safely survives a hurricane:
Before the storm:
- Make sure that the outside condensing unit is safely secured to the concrete slab or roof curb/stand with the adequate number of hurricane approved code compliant metal tie-downs. If you are not sure whether or not you meet this requirement, schedule an appointment with us today and we can make sure that you do.
- Remove loose items such as patio furniture, potted plants, bicycles, pool toys and other outdoor items from the area around the outside condensing unit. These items can become airborne during a hurricane and cause impact damage to the equipment.
During the storm:
Turn the system completely off both at the thermostat and the circuit breaker. This will prevent damage to the equipment from electrical power surges and will prevent electrical shock and/or fire hazard in the event of flooding.
After the storm:
Make sure that it’s completely safe before restoring power to the system and turning the thermostat back on. This includes:
- Inspecting the unit to see that it is still secured to it slab or roof/curb stand and that the condensing unit was not damaged
- Allowing any flooding to recede
- Ensuring that all electrical wires and connections are undamaged.
Depending on the severity of the storm and the damage that it causes, it may be necessary to call a certified air conditioning repair contractor such as Direct Heating and Cooling to do a complete inspection of the system.
We all hope that we are spared a direct hit by a hurricane during this season, but just in case we aren’t, BE PREPARED, stay safe and rest assured in knowing that the professionals at Direct Heating and Cooling are always here to help if and when you need us!!!