Although we never plan to deal with severe weather, in Richmond it’s a reality we must be ready for. So if you don’t already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you think about air conditioner service when threatening weather approaches. Of course it’s not the most important concern during these times, but there are a few things you can do to help protect your system in the event of an emergency weather situation.
Batten down the hatches.
Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your air conditioner is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, take extra precaution by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your professional technician from Eveready Service Experts in Richmond can offer advice on the best way to secure your particular air conditioner.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the beginning of a violent storm it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet important tasks. Shut down your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t already familiar with your fuse box, it’s a great time to get to know it! Switch off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and take note of which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Knowing what to do before an emergency saves you the inconvenience and risk of having to do so in the dark later.
Clear the area around your air conditioner.
Hurricane force winds can do a lot of damage but so can a rake that has been flung into your air conditioner. As long as it’s still safe to be outside, make sure you clear the immediate area surrounding your air conditioner. This means furniture, tools, toys, and any other number of things that could turn into a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could get thrown into your air conditioner (or your home, for that matter) should be moved to a safer place and secured there.
In the event that a hurricane or severe storm forces water into your air conditioner, DON’T restore power to your air conditioner. If you are unsure of its safety AT ALL, you should immediately call in a licensed professional to assess the damage. The pros at Eveready have seen it all before. So whether Richmond is expecting hurricane-like conditions or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 804-548-4480 today or schedule an appointment online.