How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When bad weather comes our way, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a lot of repercussions. Staying safe and protecting your home are your top priorities, but did you know there are things you can do to prep your air conditioner so that when the storm passes, your AC repair technician will give you the a-okay?

Taking even a small bit of time to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm comes can help you protect from damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you arrange for an AC repair technician to check your system after the storm, they can probably provide you with good news that your steps paid off.

At Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we realize that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for severe weather, and time might not give you much warning, so we’ve put together a few tips of what you can do before and after a severe weather event takes place.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are typical during bad weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to make sure it is totally off.
  • Cover the outdoor unit. Whether it’s a specific AC cover or simply a tarp, covering your system and securing the cover can keep away any debris that gets thrown around during threatening weather. Just be sure you have turned the system completely off prior to covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Be sure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are stored in a secure place so that they don’t get thrown around during the severe weather event.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is ok to return out of your home, make sure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.
  • Damaged? If you see any damage to your system or if it is sitting in standing water, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly inspect your system and figure out whether or not an AC repair is needed.

Of course we all hope that severe weather doesn’t hit us in Miami, but we have to be prepared if we want the best chance to avoid any major damage or other problems that can come with it. If you have any questions about how to best prepare for severe weather in Miami or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has come and gone, give us a call at 305-440-1505 or schedule an appointment with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning through our online scheduler.

Contact Us