Air Conditioning Hurricane Preparation Tips
Learn how to protect your air conditioning equipment during a Hurricane in Florida
The six-month hurricane season in Florida spans from June 1st through November 30th and can cause major headaches for property owners living in the state if not prepared.
Although South Florida has not been hit with a major storm in over a decade, Advanced Air Systems reminds residents that when Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, it was forecast to be a slow season. With the next year’s hurricane season around the corner, we always suggest preparing your properties in advanced, just in case the big one comes. Investing time now to protect your mechanical equipment will pay dividends later while you are waiting out the storm.
Use the checklists below to help prepare your air conditioning systems for hurricane season.
Before a Hurricane
- Secure Outdoor Equipment
For outdoor air conditioning units, it is recommended to either cage them or secure them down with hurricane straps. This will maximize protection from flying debris and high winds. Also, do not to place a tarp over these outdoor components while they’re on. Otherwise, it may cause the unit to overheat and possibly burn up the compressor.
- Remove Loose Objects
Trim any bushes or trees surrounding the outside air conditioning equipment so that it is not damaged from flying debris. Also, be sure to inspect the area thoroughly for any loose items or cables. In the case of window air conditioning units or portable air conditioners with discharge ducts that lead out to the exterior, the best thing to do is to remove these cables and seal the opening temporarily.
- Turn the System Off
Throughout the duration of the storm, power outages and short circuits may occur. To avoid burning out the compressor, turn the system off before the electricity returns.
After a Hurricane
- Inspect the Outside Unit Before Turing On
Do not turn your air conditioning back on until you inspect the outside unit. If damaged, the blown circuits and burned compressor may break the system further. Visually inspect the component and look for apparent dents, dings or fallen debris hazardous to the unit. If necessary, you may need to contact your AC contractor to help inspect the system accordingly.
- Rent Portables AC Units If Needed
In case your air conditioning equipment is damaged and needs repair or replacement, consider spot coolers for a temporary accommodation. Portable air conditioners are rolled into place and start cooling in minutes. They are installed quickly, easily and conveniently. Furthermore, because the whole unit is kept indoors, they’re entirely safe from the storming weather.
- Contact Your Air Conditioning Contractor
If you still feel there is something obstructing your system or preventing it from working properly, do not hesitate to contact one of our professionals at Advanced Air Systems for a Pre-Hurricane Tune-Up and Inspection today.
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