Every year the south, southeast, east and northeast coasts of the U.S. must prepare for the always expected, but never welcome; hurricane season. Here are a few tips on how to protect your home and business air conditioning system.
During the storm
- Do not attempt to start the air conditioner if shutdown by itself. This may seem obvious, but is not. Don’t go outside and try to do an “inspection”. Electrical damages may have occurred at your location or to the power distribution system outside, and serious damage may happen to the equipment, and be a danger to yourself. Always, wait until the “all-clear” by local emergency authorities, to go outside.
After the storm
- Clean the outdoor unit from dirt, and leave before attempting to turn the air conditioning system ON.
- Do not turn ON your air conditioner without doing a visual inspection of both indoor and outdoor units. Look for coil damage, obstructed fan blades, damage refrigerant lines, suspicious electrical wires or components. Don’t switch ON if something looks suspicious.
- Call your a/c service provider if something is wrong. Don’t attempt to fix it yourself. You may cause a more serious damage and pricier repair. Don’t try to “play tech”.