We are in the middle of hurricane season so if you have not taken steps to prepare your unit for possible storms, now is the time! Although the chances of a storm completely destroying your outside unit are low, damage to the unit can occur based on how well you are prepared. We’ve compiled a list of tips to point you in the right direction.
Put away loose objects:
We all know this is storm preparation 101 but just in case, you should make sure you clean up your yard. Strong winds during hurricanes, or even severe thunderstorms, can send debris flying. This can potentially damage your unit if it gets hit by things like gardening tools, toys, and outdoor furniture.
Cover your outdoor unit:
To prevent anything from getting into or destroying your condenser, you may want to turn it off and cover it with tarps held in place by hurricane straps. Turning it off could prevent damage from power surges. If hail is in the forecast, hail guards could prevent damage. If you have window units, unplug them and remove them before sealing up the space.
Keep flooding in mind:
If you live in a flood-prone area, think about the leveling of your compressor. Have a concrete base raised, or consider building a concrete fence around the unit to prevent water from flooding the unit. If you suspect the unit has been flooded, then do not turn it on until an HVAC professional can look at it.
Follow up after the storm:
Assess the unit for dents and damages, restart the unit slowly and monitor for unusual noises, replace any window units you may have removed earlier. If you are unsure about your unit, call A/C Masters anytime 24/7 to do a check-up.