Protect your air conditioning system against power outages. Especially in Florida, where a power outage occurs frequently, you should not only protect your expensive computer and audio equipment with batteries and surge protectors, but also protect your investment in your air conditioning system. Be proactive and prepare your HVAC system against the high voltage surge and possible after-effects of a power outage as follows:
By turning off the power to your unit, you block a potential surge at the source. In addition, you should consider adding a surge protector.
A surge protector will help to protect your AC equipment while it is in operation by helping to block surges of electricity during a major storm or hurricane.
To-Do List for Storm Preparation
Turn your AC unit off prior to a severe storm.
If you have a window unit, unplug it entirely.
Cover your outdoor unit with a tarp prior to a storm to protect it from rain and debris.
Do not turn your unit back on immediately following a storm or hurricane.
Inspect the unit and surrounding area first to ensure it’s in proper working condition.
Bring in a Professional
It’s ideal to schedule an inspection of your AC unit to ensure it can withstand the wear and tear that a severe storm can create. Also, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional heating and air technician after a severe storm to inspect for any possible damage.