How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When bad weather comes around, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a big impact. Staying safe and protecting your home are your highest priorities, but did you know there are steps you can take to prep your air conditioner so that when the storm finishes, your AC repair technician will give you the all-clear?

Taking even a few moments to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm hits can help you protect from damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you set up for an AC repair expert to check your system afterwards, they can likely provide you with good news that your steps were worth the time.

At Peachtree Service Experts, we know that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for severe weather, and time might 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 happens.

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 know for 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 has the ability to keep away any debris that gets thrown around during threatening weather. Just be sure you have turned the system totally off prior to 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 tossed about during the storm.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is safe to head outdoors, make 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 Peachtree Service Experts prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly inspect your system and determine whether or not an AC repair is a necessity.

Of course we all hope that threatening weather doesn’t hit us in Atlanta, but we have to be ready if we want the best chance to dodge any major damage or other issues that may come with it. If you have any questions about how to best prepare for threatening weather in Atlanta or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has come and gone, give us a call at 678-235-9699 or schedule an appointment with Peachtree Service Experts through our online scheduler.

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