Hey Rick, What Should I Know About Hurricanes And My Air Conditioner?

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Living in a southern coastal area means having to be prepared for hurricanes, but for homeowners who are new to the area, this can be challenging. The more you understand about how to protect and inspect your air conditioning unit, the easier it will be to weather the storms and minimize your risk of needing AC repair due to storm damage.

Pre-Storm Preparations For Your Air Conditioner

Being proactive can really minimize the risk of damage to your air conditioner. When you know the storm is imminent, it’s time to shut down the air conditioner’s power source. Shut it off at the breaker panel so that you can be sure there’s no power flowing to it. This is important, because it prevents a power surge from striking the compressor and causing an electrical short or fire.

As soon as you have interrupted the power supply, you can shield the compressor from storm debris. Covering it with a tarp or off-season cover is better than nothing, but if you can plan ahead and build a solid wooden structure around it, that is even better.

Post-Storm Considerations For Your Air Conditioner

Don’t restore power to the compressor until you’ve uncovered and inspected it first. If, for any reason, there’s water in the compressor, starting it can cause a short that may be damaging. Not to mention, damage to the electrical wires or coolant hoses can also be problematic.

Remove the cover from the compressor and inspect it thoroughly. Look for any debris in or around the unit and clean it out. If you can see any punctures, water, or other damage, you’ll need to have that repaired before you restore its power. If you’re not confident that you can judge it adequately, a local Sarasota AC repair technician can help. Contact us for more information.

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