Hurricane Season

How to Handle Hurricane Season

Help Your Air Conditioner Survive Lightning, Wind, and More

Hurricane season has arrived in Louisiana, and we know you’re doing everything you can to make sure you’re ready for anything. A hurricane can limit your access to food, water, and other essentials, including air conditioning.

We’ve been providing optimal indoor comfort services for over 20 years, and in that time, we’ve seen hurricanes and other storms sideline quite a few air conditioners. That’s why we’ve had our HVAC experts put together a guide to helping your air conditioner survive any storm.

Protecting Your Home

Water and wind damage can seriously compromise several areas of your home, including your air conditioner. When you’re safeguarding your home against an oncoming storm, take the time to go through a few extra steps to make sure your HVAC system is just as protected.

  • Turn off your AC before a storm
  • Remove window-mounted units and seal off openings
  • Cover your unit with tarp and plywood, and secure with straps if necessary
  • Install a surge protector

Once the storm passes, make sure you’ve thoroughly checked your unit for any damages before turning it back on. If something doesn’t look quite right, contact our technicians for an inspection and any necessary repairs.

What to Do When Lightning Strikes

Even without a hurricane, lightning strikes are a common threat during these months, one that can be hard to avoid. When lightning strikes your air conditioning unit, it can cause a whole host of problems including power surges and damaged components. Additionally, your air conditioner can allow lightning to damage other appliances that are hooked up to your electrical system. If lightning does strike your AC unit, take the necessary steps to protect you, your family, and your home from further damages.

  • Make sure your unit is turned off
  • Use surge protectors and suppressors
  • Reset your circuit breaker after a storm, then wait 30 minutes before powering on your unit
  • Check for damages like refrigerant leaks or frozen coils
  • Watch out for signs of damage to your unit like short cycling and poor performance

If you’re experiencing issues with your AC in the aftermath of a lightning strike, our services are available 24/7 to help you handle any emergency. Call (985) 288-2445 to get the solutions you need!

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