How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When bad weather comes around, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a big impact. Staying safe and protecting your home are your greatest priorities, but did you know there are steps you can take to prep your air conditioner so that when the storm finishes, your AC repair technician will give you the a-okay?

Taking even a few minutes to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm comes can help you prevent damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you schedule for an AC repair professional to check your system after the storm, they can likely provide you with good news that your preparations paid off.

At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we realize that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for threatening weather, and time might not give you much notification, so we’ve put together a few tips of what you can do before and after a severe weather event takes place.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are commonplace during rough weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to ensure it is completely off.
  • Cover the outdoor unit. Whether it’s a specific AC cover or simply a tarp, covering your system and securing the cover may keep away any debris that gets strewn about during bad weather. Just be sure you have turned the system totally off prior to covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Ensure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are put away in a protected place so that they don’t get thrown around during the bad weather.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is alright to return out of your home, be sure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.
  • Damaged? If you locate any damage to your system or if it is sitting in standing water, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly inspect your system and decide whether or not an AC repair is necessary.

Of course we all hope that bad weather doesn’t hit us in Ocala, but we have to be ready if we want the best chance to avoid any major damage or other concerns that may come with it. If you have any questions about how to best prepare for severe weather in Ocala or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has passed, give us a call at 352-414-4006 or schedule an appointment with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning through our online scheduler.

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