Summer storms are an inevitable part of living in the South. But when The Weather Channel calls for severe storm preparation, home and property owners often forget to think of their outdoor HVAC units. These four tips will help protect your unit so you can stay cool and comfortable this summer, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.
High winds during a severe thunderstorm can blow objects into your condenser (the unit that sits outside your home), potentially damaging the exterior or cause serious damage to the unit. To avoid this, consider moving heavy objects located around your yard–lawn furniture, potted plants, bikes, etc. –inside your garage or shed.
Many people think that air conditioner covers are only used on condensers when you’re not using the AC in the winter. However, you can also use a heavy-duty air conditioner cover during heavy rainstorms, high winds, and hail in order to protect the unit from damage during the storm during the summer. Just remember that you will not be able to use your air conditioner while the cover is on. So,if you plan to use a cover during a severe thunderstorm or tropical storm, you will need to turn off your air conditioner prior to installing the cover, and remove the cover prior to turning the unit back on.
While Atlanta isn’t known for getting directly hit by hurricanes, it is known to experience tropical depression. If you want to go the extra mile in protecting your the condenser from high winds, some homeowners choose to attach the unit to a concrete pad with hurricane straps.
Poorly maintained air conditioners are more prone to being seriously damaged, as existing problems can be made worse during severe weather. For example, if the airflow around your condenser is already restricted due to dirt and debris, additional debris that is blown onto the unit will restrict that airflow even more, causing damage to the internal components. If the unit already has a coolant leak, high winds and impact from objects can make that leak worse. An HVAC technician, like the ones at Coolray in Atlanta, can inspect your HVAC system for damage and worn parts and replace those parts to help keep your unit operational all summer, including during severe storms.
For more tips on how to weatherproof your HVAC system this summer, call us at 770-421-8400.