With hurricane season about to roll in, it’s time to prepare your HVAC system for the onslaught of torrential downpours, powerful winds and other damaging elements. In this article, commercial HVAC contractor Custom Air Systems shares a few tips for protecting your heating and cooling systems during a hurricane.
Turn off the power. During a hurricane, lightning strikes can appear and cause electrical surges. It’s also possible that debris could get trapped in your outdoor equipment and burn out the motor. Shut off the power to your air conditioner through the thermostat or circuit breaker to prevent damage to your system.
Remove outdoor furniture. When it comes to protecting their HVAC system, homeowners often forget to remove patio furniture and other outdoor items that can inflict damage when blown about by the wind. That being said, make sure to tidy up ahead of time for the sake of AC maintenance. Additionally, if there are tree limbs hanging over your condenser, consider trimming them back before the storm tears them off.
Secure the unit. Be sure to secure your outdoor HVAC unit with hurricane straps to keep it in place and intact during the onslaught of strong, high winds. If you live in an area prone to flooding, you may want to consider bringing in an HVAC professional to elevate your equipment for increased protection.
Check for damage. After the hurricane, don’t forget to check your system for signs of damage before you turn it back on. For example, hurricane winds may cause disconnections within your unit, which can result in refrigerant leaks. Failing to inspect the equipment before running it can cause mold and mildew to form without your knowledge.
For top-rated HVAC repair and maintenance solutions, turn to Custom Air Systems. Our experienced technicians deliver industry-leading products and outstanding customer service to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of each and every client. Call us at (281) 426-0067 or fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.