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Ways to Prepare for Severe Weather and AC Issues This Summer

Your air-conditioning unit can comfortably withstand normal weather conditions. Severe weather, however, can do a number on your air conditioner, making it necessary to take certain precautions. Read on to learn more about severe weather and AC systems.

How Does Severe Weather and AC Combine?

A typical lightning flash carries about 30,000 amperes on average, which can destroy all your unprotected electronics. Power surges can happen when lightning strikes hit. They can damage your air conditioner and even pose a fire risk.

Rough weather can cause a short circuit if your wiring is exposed to outdoor conditions. This could cause AC problems and increase the risk of fires.

Strong winds can blow leaves, dirt, and other debris around your outdoor AC unit and cause them to bend or tear the metal fins. The winds may even leave debris lodged inside the unit. Debris buildup will prevent your system from operating at peak capacity. High wind can even make objects like tree branches fall onto the unit.

How to Prepare Your AC System for Severe Weather

The following tips will help you get ready for severe weather and AC.

  • Turn off the power. When a storm is on its way, turn off your air conditioner through your thermostat and circuit breaker.
  • Cover the outside unit. If you’re facing high winds, you can turn off the power and cover your outdoor unit with breathable material, such as a waterproof tarp. The cover will help prevent debris from hitting and damaging the unit. Be sure and remove the cover before turning the power back on.
  • Keep your wiring safe. An HVAC professional can ensure your wiring is well insulated and covered to protect your home from short circuits.
  • Remove outdoor materials. Move toys, grills, yard tools, furniture, and any other loose outdoor materials that can be blown around by strong winds to a safer place. Have a tree trimmer cut overhanging branches close to your unit.
  • Check your unit for damage. After severe weather passes, check your unit for visible damage. Call an HVAC pro if you spot any damage. You should also seek professional assistance if weird sounds persist after you turn on your system.

These steps will help you protect your AC system when harsh weather hits, whether it’s been forecasted or not. For more information on severe weather and AC units, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We’ve been proudly serving the AC needs of the Yuma area since 1952.