How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When rough weather comes around, 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 moments to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm strikes 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 after the storm, they can possibly provide you with good news that your prep were worth the time.

At Roland J. Down Service Experts , we realize that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for threatening weather, and time may not give you much notification, so we’ve put together a list of what you can do before and after a severe weather event happens.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are commonplace during rough 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 make sure you have turned the system fully off before covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Ensure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are put away in a safe place so that they don’t get strewn about during the storm.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is alright to return out of your home, be sure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.
  • Damaged? If you notice any damage to your system or if it is sitting in standing water, call Roland J. Down Service Experts 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 may come with it. If you have any questions about how to best prep for threatening weather in Albany or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has passed, give us a call at 518-417-2938 or schedule an appointment with Roland J. Down Service Experts through our online scheduler.

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