How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season

June 08, 2015

Although we never hope to have to deal with severe weather, in Salt Lake City it’s a reality we must be prepped for. If you 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 critical thing during a hurricane, but there are a few steps you can take to help protect your heating and cooling system in the event of an emergency weather situation.

Batten down the hatches.

Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your AC 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 experienced technician from Mountainwest Service Experts in Salt Lake City can provide a recommendation on the best way to secure your particular air conditioner.

Shut the system down.

This may seem like an obvious step, but in the initial stages of a weather emergency it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet critical tasks. Switch off your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t intimately familiar with your fuse box, it’s a great time to get to know it! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and observe and note which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Taking action before an emergency saves you the trouble and risk 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 chair 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 things that could turn into a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could be lifted off the ground and flung towards 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 do a thorough examination. The professionals at Mountainwest Service Experts have seen it all before. So whether Salt Lake City is expecting a big storm or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call today or schedule an appointment online.

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