How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season
Although we never want to deal with tropical storms, in Dallas it’s a reality we must be ready for. So if you don’t already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you think about air conditioner service when severe weather looms. Of course it’s not the most crucial thing during a dangerous storm, but there are a few steps you can take to help protect your system in the event of an emergency weather situation.
Batten down the hatches.
Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your air conditioner is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, go a step further by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your professional technician from Levy & Son Service Experts in Dallas can provide a recommendation on the best way to secure your specific air conditioner.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the initial stages of a violent storm it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet vital tasks. Turn off your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t intimately familiar with your fuse box, it’s the perfect time to get to know it! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and see which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Taking action before an emergency saves you the trouble and danger of having to do so in the dark later.
Clear the area around your air conditioner.
Hurricane force winds can do a lot of damage but so can a wheelbarrow that has been thrown into your air conditioner. As long as it’s still safe to be outside, make sure you clear the immediate area surrounding your air conditioner. This means furniture, tools, toys, and any other number of objects that could turn into a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could damage your air conditioner (or your home, for that matter) should be moved to a safer place and secured there.
In the event that a hurricane or severe storm forces water into your air conditioner, DON’T restore power to your air conditioner. If you are unsure of its safety AT ALL, you should immediately call in a licensed professional to assess the damage. The professionals at Levy & Son have seen it all before. So whether Dallas is expecting bad weather or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 469-250-0932 today or schedule an appointment online.