Regardless if you are new to Wilmington or a seasoned resident preparing your HVAC system for hurricanes should be at the top of your priority list. The hurricane season goes from June 1st, 2021 through November 30th, 2021, and the NOAA has estimated that 2021 will be an above-average season. Below we list 5 tips that will help safeguard your HVAC system after and before the storm.
Turn your HVAC system off
Be certain your whole system is shut off before the hurricane arrives. You’ll want to do that at both the circuit breaker and the thermostat. If flooding happens, leaving on the power to the AC may cause electrical shock. This can also increase fire risk during a storm.
Secure your outdoor air conditioning unit
The hardware that holds the AC unit might rust or become loose over time; therefore, check it to make sure it still is functioning. Loose equipment may move and lead to major damage while a hurricane is in motion. Be certain that you use hurricane bolts or straps to secure the system to its base.
Take away all unsecured/ loose objects close to the AC
Doing so will assist in eliminating anything which might fly through the air and lead to damage by striking your unit.
Be certain the AC is dry before trying to turn it back on
If flooding occurs in your locality, it is important to ensure the AC is dry before you turn the unit back on. Never restore power to the system until you are certain it’s safe to do so. The safest measure to take is to have an expert air conditioning tech perform a complete inspection to decide if it is safe to resume normal operation of your AC unit.
Look for any debris or damage
Storm debris could cause the air conditioning unit to malfunction or overheat. If you have any concerns, it could be time to have an expert tech check the system. An expert can help you avoid potentially causing more expensive, additional damage by turning the AC on too soon. Lastly, salt water has a corrosive impact on the system. You must have it immediately cleaned or it eventually can destroy the system. An expert tech will understand how to appropriately clean the equipment.
For more information about our heating repair services in Wilmington, NC contact Anderson Air at (910) 839-5102.