Each year, an average of between one and two hurricanes hit land in the U.S. When this happens, coastal states can experience torrential rain and flooding, high winds, and lengthy power outages. If your AC unit becomes waterlogged due to flooding or is fried by an electrical surge, you could find yourself on a long repair list; it’s a good idea to do what you can to prevent the unit from being damaged in the first place. Below, learn about three ways you can protect your AC unit during a hurricane.
Lift it With a Hurricane Pad
One of the biggest hurricane-related risks to your outdoor AC unit is flooding. If your AC unit isn’t appropriately elevated, it could be vulnerable to sudden flooding that damages the internal components or fries the electrical hookups. By installing a hurricane pad—a square concrete pad that lifts your AC an inch or more from the ground—you’ll be able to reduce the risk of flood damage.
Another benefit of a hurricane pad is its weight. Because it’s quite heavy and the AC is anchored to it, it’s unlikely that your AC will be swept away even if there is some flooding.
Secure it With Hurricane Tie-Downs
During a hurricane, winds can gust enough to rip mature trees from the ground. If your AC isn’t firmly anchored to a hurricane pad or another strong base, it could become a projectile if winds are high enough. Hurricane straps or tie-downs can keep your unit from going flying. While you’re at it, cover your unit to prevent branches and other debris from being blown into it.
Prevent Electrical Damage With Surge Suppressors
Just like a surge protector strip can help prevent damage to your computer, TV, and other electronics, a surge suppressor can protect your AC from dangerously high voltage if there are lightning strikes or other surges in your area. This device can be installed at your electric meter and customized for your needs, whether you’re interested in protecting your AC and appliances or guarding against damage to complex electronics.
If a storm hits before you’ve had a chance to install a surge suppressor, you can also help protect against damage to your AC’s electrical components by turning off the electricity to your unit. By turning off the power from both your thermostat and the circuit breaker you’ll be able to rest assured that your AC is protected from storm surges.
Whether you have more questions about protecting your AC, need to make a service appointment, or just want more information about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to give AC Warehouse a call or visit our website today. Our experienced technicians can troubleshoot issues and give you advice to protect your AC during both good and bad weather.