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How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Hurricane Season  

Although we never want to deal with a hurricane, in Columbus it’s a reality we must be prepared for. Whether or not you already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you think about air conditioner service when severe weather approaches. Of course it’s not the most important worry during these times, but there are a few tips to help protect your system in the event of an emergency weather situation. 

Batten down the hatches. 

Or in this case, the air conditioner! Make sure your air conditioner is firmly attached to its base. If any bolts or screws are loose to begin with, tighten them up. Then, go a step further by securing the air conditioner with reinforcement using bolts, straps, or rope. If it’s about time for your regular air conditioner service, your professional technician from Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus can offer advice on the best way to secure your particular air conditioner. 

Shut the system down. 

This may seem like an obvious step, but in the initial stages of a hurricane it can be easy to panic and forget this and other smaller yet vital tasks. Switch off your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t already familiar with your fuse box, it’s an ideal time to learn it! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and take note of which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Taking action before an emergency saves you the trouble and risk of having to do so in the dark later. 

Clear the area around your air conditioner. 

Hurricane force winds can do a lot of damage but so can a rake that has been thrown into your air conditioner. As long as it’s still safe to be outside, make sure you clear the immediate area surrounding your air conditioner. This means furniture, tools, toys, and any other number of things that could be a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could be lifted off the ground and flung towards your air conditioner (or your home, for that matter) should be moved to a safer place and secured there. 

In the event that a hurricane or severe storm forces water into your air conditioner, DON’T restore power to your air conditioner. If you are unsure of its safety AT ALL, you should immediately call in a licensed professional to do a thorough examination. The pros at Stevenson Service Experts have seen it all before. So whether Columbus is expecting hurricane-like conditions or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 614-334-3192 today or schedule an appointment online

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