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Tips to Prepare HVAC Units for Hurricanes & Stormy Weather

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Tips to Prepare HVAC Units for Hurricanes & Stormy Weather

Hurricane season is no stranger to us here in Florida. We all probably have a checklist that we go through annually as June approaches that reminds us of the basic preparations that need to be made and what items we need to stock up on in order to survive hurricane season. One thing you may not have thought to add to that checklist is to make sure your home HVAC system is prepared for the storm. Not only does preparing your HVAC system for a storm important to help reduce the likelihood for any damage to the system, but it also helps keep you and your family safe.

 

Since hurricanes and large thunderstorms bring on high probabilities of power outages, the first thing we recommend doing when bad weather is heading your way is to cool your home before the storm hits. Turn your AC down a few degrees lower than you normally keep it and keep all of the blinds, doors, and windows closed as much as possible. As the storm gets closer, turn off the electricity or unplug your unit altogether in order to prevent damage through electrical surges from lightning strikes.

Another important step when preparing your AC Unit for hurricanes and stormy weather is to secure your outdoor unit by checking to make sure all of the bolts are tightened on the unit. Due to the high winds of these storms, AC units can be easily lifted. Making sure your unit is strapped down with hurricane or condenser straps is recommended to avoid this. If you feel that flooding will be a threat from the storm headed your way, it may be necessary to elevate your unit slightly higher than it normally sits to avoid water damage.

Lastly, make sure to bring in or secure any outdoor equipment that could fly away. Also, be sure to cover your AC unit with a tarp or plywood to protect it from flying debris like tree limbs, branches, or any other potentially hazardous objects in your nearby area. Remember, just because you’ve prepped your yard for a hurricane, does not mean your neighbor has.

After the storm, the main thing to remember is that you should not turn your air conditioning back on until you have assessed your AC unit for damage from high winds, water, or debris. If you have found any damage or you are unsure if there is a problem, call Benson’s Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll be happy to come out and inspect and repair any damage to your unit!

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Steve Berto
Steve Berto
21:50 25 May 22
We noticed our A/C wasn't cooling when we returned from Church on Saturday evening. I called Benson's 24 hour line and was scheduled to have a technician come out on Sunday morning. Lee came out at 8:30am and promptly found out that the dual run capacitor was faulty and replaced it under warranty. He had our system up and cooling in 30 minutes! He was very professional and explained what the problem was. Both my wife and I are in our 70's and we really appreciated the prompt service. Thankfully we have a service contract with Benson's which is well worth it. We had Benson's install our system when our original system died and have had a service contract with them every since. We are glad we went with Benson's and every time they come out to inspect our system they are very professional and thorough. We couldn't be happier with their service!
Larry Myers
Larry Myers
19:54 19 May 22
These folks are the very best. My technician today was very friendly and professional. Performed maintenance on both of my systems. They always do a good and thorough job of checking the systems and cleaning them. Very professional.
Skunkhogger Ps-4
Skunkhogger Ps-4
19:26 12 May 22
Another very pleasant experience with the Benson's crew. Always courteous, knowledgeable,and efficient. It's true, you get what you pay for. Wholeheartedly recommend Benson's Heating and Air.Put this post up several months ago. Benson's was just out today, and as I've said before, another pleasant experience, another Five Star employee, hope he can come out next time, another Five Star all around experience.Thanks again!
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