September is Preparedness Month
We may not be exactly on the coastline for hurricane activity. Instead, in western Georgia and eastern Alabama, we are vulnerable to hurricane-generated weather, including severe storms. Outdoor HVAC equipment, such as an AC compressor, are at risk for damage. Lightning and falling branches can wreck your AC compressor and create a safety concern.
Here are some suggestions you can follow, to care for your exterior HVAC equipment so they’re ready when you need them.
Hurricane-Storm Preparation Guidelines
If you’re new to the area, you may not be familiar with the severity of hurricane season weather. Even inland, we can get some strong lightning storms and winds. Officially, hurricane season lasts through November.
- Have the necessary supplies in case you lose power for a couple days.
- Be proactive in your landscaping. Are there large branches growing over the AC compressor? Even if they’re not big, be sure to trim back dead branches before a storm sweeps through.
- Eliminate any vegetation closer than two to three feet from the perimeter of the AC compressor. It obstructs the airflow and during a storm, twigs or large debris can lodge inside the AC compressor. If your AC compressor is running, a large stick could bend the fins.
- Storms on their way? Bring in anything outdoors which could be damaged or cause damage if tossed around. This may include trash cans, patio furniture, planters and large toys. If you have a pool or trampoline, take the necessary precautions to prevent damage.
- It’s best to turn off your air conditioning if strong thunderstorms are predicted. If lightning strikes your AC compressor, for instance, it could create significant damage. A direct hit is impossible to prevent. A power surge, however, while running is preventable. These power surges can seriously affect the electrical components and create a safety risk. This can happen if the power goes off and on.
After the Storm – Inspect Your AC Compressor
It’s important to check your AC compressor before kicking the air conditioning back on again. It may be hot and you may be feeling strong humidity. Resist the urge until you know it’s safe.
Once the storm has passed, walk around the entire AC compressor unit. Remove any yard clutter blown against it.
Call for assistance from an HVAC contractor if, by some chance, your AC compressor has been underwater or shows damage to the electrical or refrigerant lines. If you see any signs of smoke, definitely call us first.
Otherwise, if all appears normal, you may turn it on. Leaving it off too long could invite microbial growth in your unit or ductwork.
Weather Concerns? Call HVAC Pros Energy Savers
Energy Savers works hard so home and business owners achieve ultimate air conditioning temperature comfort. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we represent the best heating and cooling equipment. Don’t worry though, we also service and repair all brands of HVAC equipment, including a damaged AC compressor. Finally, we assist residents and companies with air quality solutions.
If you would like a free estimate on a new air conditioner, please call us. Financing is available for new air conditioning and heating units. It’s better to install a new and more efficient system today, especially if it allows you to save money on energy bills. Give yourself the gift of improved safety, air quality and comfort.
For more than 40 years Energy Savers has sold quality products and provided great customer service in and around Columbus, Georgia, and Opelika, Alabama. For better comfort and energy efficiency, call us for HVAC help today. We’re indoor air quality experts as well!