How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season

June 08, 2015

Although we never hope to have to deal with tropical storms, in Elkhart it’s a reality we must be prepared for. If you already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you include air conditioner service when dangerous weather is on the way. Of course it’s not the most important concern during a dangerous storm, but there are a few steps you can take to help protect your heating and cooling system in the event of an emergency weather situation.

Batten down the hatches.

Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your AC is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, take extra precaution by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your experienced technician from BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Elkhart can offer advice on the best way to secure your individual air conditioner.

Shut the system down.

This may seem like an obvious step, but in the beginning of a violent storm it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet vital tasks. Shut down your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t intimately familiar with your fuse box, it’s a great time to learn it! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and observe and note which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Taking action before an emergency saves you the inconvenience and uncertainty of having to do so in the dark later.

Clear the area around your air conditioner.

Hurricane force winds can do a lot of damage but so can a chair that has been flung into your air conditioner. As long as it’s still safe to be outside, make sure you clear the immediate area surrounding your air conditioner. This means furniture, tools, toys, and any other number of objects that could be a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could damage your air conditioner (or your home, for that matter) should be moved to a safer place and secured there.

In the event that a hurricane or severe storm forces water into your air conditioner, DON’T restore power to your air conditioner. If you are unsure of its safety AT ALL, you should immediately call in a licensed professional to assess the damage. The professionals at BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning have seen it all before. So whether Elkhart is expecting hurricane-like conditions or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call today or schedule an appointment online.

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