How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When rough weather comes around, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a lot of repercussions. 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 all-clear?

Taking even a few moments to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm comes 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 professional 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 list 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 common during rough weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to ensure it is completely off.
  • Cover the outdoor unit. Whether it’s a specific AC cover or simply a tarp, covering your system and securing the cover may keep away any debris that gets strewn about during severe weather. Just be sure you have turned the system completely off before covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Be sure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are put away in a protected place so that they don’t get tossed about during the severe weather event.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is ok to go back outdoors, make sure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.
  • Damaged? If you notice 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 check out your system and determine whether or not an AC repair is necessary.

Of course we all hope that severe weather doesn’t hit us in Toronto, but we have to be prepared 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 prep 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 905-453-6700 or schedule an appointment with Service Experts Commercial HVAC through our online scheduler.

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