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Preparing for Hurricane Matthew

Posted on Blogs August 25, 2016 by Jonathan Williams

The All Year Cooling family will be available to you in the case of any AC unit emergencies before and after this hurricane. Call us at 888-204-5554 for immediate service!

South Floridians know a thing or two about hurricanes. However, one thing they may not consider is making sure your air conditioner is ready for those hurricane forces. Many residents only think about the sand bags for their doorways or shuttering their windows, but preparing your A/C unit is just as important. During a severe storm, your system is vulnerable to:

  • Interior and exterior unit damage
  • Fire damage
  • Electrical shock

Each of these vulnerabilities can be prevented if you know how to properly prepare your A/C unit for the storm. Setting up your system has three simple rules to consider:

  • Turn off the air conditioning system (if you have a wall unit unplug it entirely) in order to prevent a power surge that can lead to a fire hazard.
  • Clean the area around the unit. This includes loose objects that could fly into the unit causing exterior damage.
  • Secure your outdoor air conditioner with hurricane straps and a tarp to prevent rain or debris from entering the unit that can cause electrical shock or general unit damage.

After the storm has passed, you should investigate the area before turning your A/C back on. This includes any debris that may have fallen into the A/C, water that is left over from the flooding, or if your unit has moved from the heavy winds. If any of these issues arise after a severe storm, like a hurricane, don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll be sure to get your air conditioning up and running as soon as possible!

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