How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When bad weather comes around, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a lot of repercussions. Staying safe and protecting your home are your top priorities, but did you know there are steps you can take to prep your air conditioner so that when the storm passes, your AC repair technician will give you the all-clear?

Taking even a small bit of time to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm strikes can help you avoid damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you arrange for an AC repair technician to check your system afterwards, they can probably provide you with good news that your preparations paid off.

At Church Services, we realize that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for threatening weather, and time might not give you much notification, so we’ve put together a a checklist of what you can do before and after a severe weather event takes place.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are commonplace during rough weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to ensure it is completely off.
  • Cover the outdoor unit. Whether it’s a specific AC cover or simply a tarp, covering your system and securing the cover has the ability to keep away any debris that gets tossed around during severe weather. Just make sure you have turned the system fully off in advance of covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Make sure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are stored in a secure place so that they don’t get tossed about during the bad weather.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is ok to go back out of your home, make sure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.
  • Damaged? If you notice any damage to your system or if it is sitting in standing water, call Church Services prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly look at your system and determine whether or not an AC repair is needed.

Of course we all hope that severe weather doesn’t hit us in Houston, but we have to be prepped if we want the best chance to dodge any major damage or other problems that can come with it. If you have any questions about how to best prep for severe weather in Houston or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has gone through, give us a call at 713-396-3760 or schedule an appointment with Church Services through our online scheduler.

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