Although we never plan to deal with tropical storms, in Austin it’s a reality we must be ready for. So if you don’t already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you schedule air conditioner service when threatening weather looms. Of course it’s not the most important worry during a dangerous storm, but there are a few things you can do to help protect your heating and cooling system in the event of an emergency weather situation.
Batten down the hatches.
Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your air conditioner is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, take extra care by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your expert technician from Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin can provide a recommendation on the best way to secure your individual air conditioner.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the beginning of a weather emergency it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet critical tasks. Shut down your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t intimately familiar with your fuse box, it’s an ideal time to learn it! Turn off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and observe and note which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Knowing what to do before an emergency saves you the trouble and uncertainty of having to do so in the dark later.
Clear the area around your air conditioner.
Hurricane force winds can do a lot of damage but so can a wheelbarrow that has been flung into your air conditioner. As long as it’s still safe to be outside, make sure you clear the immediate area surrounding your air conditioner. This means furniture, tools, toys, and any other number of items that could turn into a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could damage your air conditioner (or your home, for that matter) should be moved to a safer place and secured there.
In the event that a hurricane or severe storm forces water into your air conditioner, DON’T restore power to your air conditioner. If you are unsure of its safety AT ALL, you should immediately call in a licensed professional to provide an expert opinion. The pros at Strand Brothers Service Experts have seen it all before. So whether Austin is expecting a big storm or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 512-596-1257 today or schedule an appointment online.