Protecting Your HVAC Unit During Hurricane Season
We are in the middle of Hurricane Season in the Florida panhandle. We should all be taking precautions to keep our families and homes extra safe in case of harsh weather conditions. Many of us associate the onset of hurricane season with stocking up on extra batteries or non-perishable food. Or maybe you get out the flashlights and satellite radios. While all of this is necessary, did you know prepping your air conditioning system is an essential step to keep you safe before a storm? Here at John D. Jones, we encourage everyone in Tallahassee and surrounding areas to follow these two steps to protect your home and HVAC system during hurricane season.
Step 1: Preparation Before the Storm
Prevention is the foundation of protecting your HVAC season from weather damages. That’s why we recommend that you:
- Cool your home as much as possible before the storm because you should not use the system during the storm.
- After cooling your home, turn off the breakers to your HVAC system.
- Secure your outdoor unit by ensuring bolts are tight and using hurricane straps when necessary.
- Remove any debris or threatening branches hanging near your outdoor HVAC unit to prevent impact damage.
Step 2: Safety After the Storm
The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recommends that your system be inspected by an expert, especially if you notice sustained damages. After the storm, it is important to remember:
- If any flooding occurs that impacted the inside or outside of your HVAC unit, do not restore power to the unit without having it inspected by one of John D. Jones’ licensed technicians.
- Check your unit for external damage like dents or dings. However, even if these are not present, it does not necessarily mean that your system was not impacted by the storm.
- Make your HVAC unit a priority. By leaving the unit idle for too long, you risk mold developing and causing even larger problems for your home.
Finally, remember that qualified heating and cooling technicians at John D. Jones are here to help you year-round. In any season, annual maintenance tune-ups for your HVAC system should be routine. To schedule an appointment with Tallahassee’s most trusted HVAC contractor, visit our website, www.johnjoneshvac.com. Or, we would be happy to talk to you at 850-688-0562. John D. Jones A/C, Heating and Refrigeration is fully licensed and insured. We offer round the clock emergency service.