How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season

June 08, 2015

Although we never plan to deal with severe weather, in Buffalo it’s a reality we must be prepped for. Whether or not you already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you think about air conditioner service when dangerous weather looms. Of course it’s not the most crucial thing during a hurricane, 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 air conditioner 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 Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Buffalo can offer advice on the best way to secure your particular air conditioner.

Shut the system down.

This may seem like an obvious step, but in the beginning of a hurricane it can be easy to panic and forget this and other small yet important tasks. Turn off your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t intimately familiar with your fuse box, it’s a great time to get to know it! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and observe and note which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Doing so before an emergency saves you the trouble 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 rake that has been thrown 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 things 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 pros at Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning have seen it all before. So whether Buffalo 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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