Hurricane season isn’t over just yet! It can reach into November here in Alabama, and locals know late hurricane season is often when the most activity takes place. Even a category 3 hurricane can bring sustained winds of 110 miles per hour. One important element of surviving Alabama’s hurricane season is protecting you AC compressor from hurricanes and thunderstorms alike! Learn more about protecting your AC Compressor from storms and keep it running its best with the help of Air Specialty, experts in the HVAC industry in Mobile for over 25 years!
Hurricane Season Is Not Over Yet – Be Sure To Protect Your AC Compressor!
Steps to take when the storm is on its way
The good thing about hurricanes is, if there is actually a good thing, you do generally have some advance notice. You may have to hustle, but you have time to prep. When a storm is headed your way, take some key steps to ensure your AC compressor survives the storm. Here is what you can do:
- As you are prepping for the storm to hit, turn the temperature down on your AC system to get your home as cool as possible in case you lose power or have to shut down your system completely.
- If at all possible, turn your AC system off completely at its power source. If you do choose to leave it on, your unit can suffer severe damage from the power interruptions, which are usually unavoidable during a storm. The power failures can pressurize your system to the breaking point.
- Leave it off until it’s safe to turn it on again. Be sure to watch the weather. Once power is restored, turn on your air conditioning again.
What you can do when the hurricane is happening
Lightning is one of the biggest culprits of AC compressor damage. In some cases, the damage is not obvious at first. The installation of a whole-home surge protector can give you peace of mind during thunderstorms and even hurricanes.
How to handle your AC compressor after the storm
Once the hurricane has passed and the power is back on, you’ll want to turn the system on as soon as you can. Don’t let your system sit idle as mold and bacteria will undoubtedly develop. For over 25 years, Air Specialty has taken the lead in Mobile for all your heating and cooling needs from repair to service to new installation. Contact our professional team of NATE-certified technicians to assist with any and all of your HVAC needs. Contact Air Specialty to schedule an appointment today.