How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When rough weather heads our way, 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 opportunities for you 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 minutes to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm strikes 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 possibly provide you with good news that your prep paid off.

At Service Experts Commercial HVAC, we know that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for threatening weather, and time might not give you much notice, so we’ve put together a few tips of what you can do before and after a severe weather event takes place.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are typical 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 can keep away any debris that gets strewn about during bad weather. Just make sure you have turned the system fully off in advance of covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Be sure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are stored in a protected place so that they don’t get thrown around during the severe weather event.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is ok to go back outdoors, be 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 Service Experts Commercial HVAC prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly inspect your system and decide whether or not an AC repair is needed.

Of course we all hope that severe weather doesn’t hit us in Toronto, but we have to be ready if we want the best chance to avert 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 Toronto or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has gone through, give us a call at 289-201-2346 or schedule an appointment with Service Experts Commercial HVAC through our online scheduler.

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