The hot and humid conditions of the summer season can result in storms, especially those that involve strong winds and short yet heavy rainfall. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure that your HVAC system is prepared. There are steps you need to take to prevent a breakdown so you don’t get stuck without it after a storm.
Cooper Brothers, Inc., your local air quality HVAC services provider, shares ways to protect your heat pump or air conditioning unit from summer storms.
Turn Off the Power
As soon as you learn that a thunderstorm is headed to your area, be sure to turn off the power to your HVAC system. A lightning strike is highly unlikely, but if it does happen it could cause a power surge that can damage the system’s internal circuitry. If you have either a window or portable unit, unplug it from the wall.
Examine Your Backup Generator
It’s always good to have a backup generator, especially in the event of a power outage or brownout. Not using it for an extended period of time, however, may cause it to not work as intended. Before any storm forecasts are announced, make sure that it’s in proper working order by checking it out regularly.
Protect the Outdoor Unit
Air conditioner repair pros recommend covering the outdoor unit of your AC system during storms. This will help protect it from wind-blown debris; just make sure to turn the system off first. Also, clear the area around the outdoor unit to remove any debris that could get blown into it.
Inspect the HVAC Unit After the Storm
Once the storm has passed, go outside and check the outdoor unit for damage. Remove any debris that may have been blown against it. If necessary, call your local heating and cooling company with any problems you discover during the inspection.
Get your HVAC system prepared for severe weather by scheduling routine maintenance. Cooper Brothers, Inc. can do this for you–and more! From air conditioner replacement and repair to preventive care, you can rely on our technicians to meet your needs. We’ve served homeowners with prompt and skillful comfort solutions for more than 20 years.
Call us at (408) 659-8879 or fill out our contact form to request a free new systems estimate.