How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When bad weather heads our way, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a lot that comes with it. Staying safe and protecting your home are your greatest priorities, but did you know there are steps you can take to prep your air conditioner so that when the storm is over, your AC repair technician will give you the a-okay?

Taking even a few minutes to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm comes can help you avoid damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you arrange for an AC repair technician to check your system afterwards, they can possibly provide you with good news that your prep were worth the time.

At Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we recognize that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for threatening weather, and time likely will not give you much notification, so we’ve put together a few tips of what you can do before and after a severe weather event occurs.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are commonplace during severe weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to make sure it is fully 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 before covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Ensure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are stored in a safe place so that they don’t get strewn about during the bad weather.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is safe to go back out of your home, be sure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.
  • Damaged? If you locate any damage to your system or if it is sitting in standing water, call Roland J. Down 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 necessary.

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

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