One of Florida’s least popular seasons, hurricane season, has arrived. Hurricane season can cause major home and appliance damages. As experienced air conditioning experts in the Florida Keys, we have compiled some helpful tips for protecting your air conditioner from the perils of Florida summer weather.
Preparing Your AC Unit for a Storm
If you have the opportunity to prepare your AC unit before the storm arrives, it can save you money on a replacement, repair, or general maintenance. High winds and hurricanes can cause debris, branches, and even trees to fall, which can cause severe damage to your AC unit. A great way to prevent these damages is to cover your unit with a tarp and plywood to give it some protection against falling objects.
If you live in an apartment or have air conditioners placed in windows, you will want to make sure that you secure your unit. Debris and high winds can dislodge your AC unit, which can lead to a fall from which it will not recover. The state of Florida requires HVAC systems to be bolted down to concrete for this very reason. Hurricane straps can provide assistance in securing window units. If the expected wind gusts are severe, you may even want to consider strapping down concrete bolted units, as sometimes even that is not enough.
In-Home AC Preparation for a Storm
In addition to safety precautions for your outdoor units, you may want to take further steps. As you may well know, a Florida summer night can be stiflingly hot. If you know a large storm is coming that could damage your unit or power supply, pre-cool your home or apartment. This can help keep your home at a reasonable temperature for some time, even if you lose power or experience damage to your unit.
For severe storms, we recommend pre-cooling your home and then turning off the electricity supply to your unit. Power surges from lightning can cause severe electrical damage to your AC.
AC Maintenance Post-Storm
After the storm has passed and after removing any coverings you have placed on your unit, make sure to inspect your unit for damages. It is essential to remove AC unit coverings as soon as the storm has passed, as covering your unit for too much time can lead to mold and mildew growth. Damage inspection is equally important, as turning on a damaged AC may increase overall damage.
If you suspect damage has occurred, or are unsure, contact a specialist.
In addition to our repair services, our team provides AC installation, AC Maintenance, AC replacement, and HVAC and refrigeration services. Contact us today for all of your air conditioning and maintenance needs.