August 26, 2014
The 2014 hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30. We have had a couple of tropical storms already pass us by in Florida this year, the latest being Hurricane Cristobal. We have been very fortunate that we have not had a major hurricane hit the Florida peninsula directly in several years. If we trust in the odds or in statistics, we must realize that we are due for one or two major storms to hit Central Florida in the not-too-distant future. Keeping your family and your home safe during a hurricane is important. You also want to make sure your air conditioning system is protected, before, during and after the storm. Here are a few tips. To stay safe, here’s what you need to do:
Before the Storm
- Add hurricane straps to your unit. Your outdoor condenser can be blown around in a hurricane, causing damage to your home and to the equipment. Anchoring the condenser with hurricane straps keeps it in place and prevents damage. Required by law on new installs since 2007, Pro-Tech can add them to equipment installed prior to that date.
- Remove debris and secure dangerous objects that could be blown into the outdoor equipment.
- Remove the blades from outdoor ceiling fans.
- If you evacuate, turn off your air conditioner before you leave.
During the Storm
- If you lose power, turn off your air conditioner immediately. Turn it back on only after power has been restored in your area.
After the Storm
- If the unit faced heavy or driving rain, it’s highly recommended that you have it inspected before you turn it back on. If the unit was submerged, you must have it inspected before operation. In both cases it will likely be full of dirt, water and other debris, and cleaning will prevent serious damage to the equipment.
- Do not turn the unit on if the drain line is still submerged.
- If your ductwork got wet due to roof damage, it will need to be replaced.
- If the indoor air handler or thermostat got wet they will need to be serviced before the system is turned back on. You can call the Pro-Tech’s Hotline 24/7 at 407-291-1644.