Thunderstorms are more common during the summer season, which increases the risk of damage to your HVAC system. In this blog, air conditioning contractor Hader shares tips on how to protect your HVAC system from summer storms.
Turn Off Power to the HVAC System From the Circuit Breaker
As soon as you have confirmation of an approaching storm, turn off the power to your HVAC system from the circuit breaker box. While you may feel a slight discomfort due to the loss of your conditioned air, this will enable you to prevent possible damage to your HVAC unit from a power surge, as well as reduce the risk of damage if lightning strikes nearby. Use fans to maintain air circulation instead.Cover the Outdoor Unit
Your air conditioning system’s outdoor unit houses the compressor, which can be vulnerable to damage caused by wind, rainwater and debris. Protect it by covering it with a tarp or durable cover made of a similar material. Secure the tarp by tying it to something sturdy nearby. Avoid using the HVAC system when the unit is covered as it won’t be able to vent properly, which may cause damage to the system.Test Your Backup Generator
Don’t wait for a storm announcement to start testing your backup generator. Using a small amount of fuel, test it to make sure it’s running smoothly. It’s important to make sure it’s tested well ahead of the summer season, as this gives you more time to troubleshoot potential problems. Remember to never leave fuel in the tank; let it continue running until it runs out of fuel.Call Your HVAC Technician for Repairs
If your HVAC system appears to have sustained storm damage, don’t attempt to repair it yourself. Instead, call your HVAC technician and schedule a complete inspection. Your technician should document the extent of the damage in case your insurance adjuster requires it for your insurance claim.Call Hader for Your HVAC Needs
Hader is your leading provider of heating and air conditioning services. Give us a call at (513) 612-9201 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Cincinnati and surrounding areas.