Tips On How To Prepare Your Air Conditioning Unit During Hurricane Season

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Southeast Texas residents are always mindful that hurricanes can form during the normal hurricane season which is around June 1 through November 30. Flooding is a concern as well as debris and electrical outages. Collecting needed supplies and preparing for the worst is something most Texans do, but many people don't prepare their AC Systems for the hurricane season. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind with preparing for a hurricane.
 
Preparing Before The Hurricane Arrives
 
Before a hurricane arrives, one thing you can do to prepare your AC unit for the bad weather is to anchor and protect your condenser unit. This is the portion of your AC Unit that sits outside your home. It is important to make sure that this portion is anchored down. Not only should this be anchored down, but it should also be covered with a tarp or covered up in some way to help keep the coils from collecting falling debris. In addition to anchoring and covering your condenser unit is to turn the power off to the unit, preferably at the breaker box. This is due to the possibility of power surges that could damage your system.
 
Tips To Inspect Your AC System After The Hurricane 
 
Once a hurricane has passed and you are at the point of assessing any damage to your AC unit, you will need to do a couple of things. One, you will want to physically inspect the unit to make sure no damage was done during the storm. Once you have inspected the exterior of the unit and see no damage, you will want to turn the unit on. Once on, you will want to look at two things. First, you will need to check to make sure that there isn't any unusual smells or sounds coming from the unit. You will also want to notice how long it take the unit to cool the home. If you notice that the unit takes longer to cool the home than normal, you will want to have that unit checked out by your AC service company. 
 
If you need assistance in determining if your AC unit has sustained any damage or if it needs a repair due to a storm, please give us a call at 281-367-2655 to check your unit. 
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