May 27, 2015

Air Conditioning Advice for Weathering Tropical Storm Isaac

Air Conditioning Anchoring and Other Helpful Tips

As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches, it is important to Home-Tech that we educate our customers about staying cool and safe during the storm season.  Here are some preliminary questions that test your air conditioning and storm knowledge.  We ask that you try to answer the following questions:

  • Can your air conditioning hold up against high winds, heavy rain and flooding?
  • Do you know if you should pre-cool your home, in case of a power outage?
  • Have you had your air conditioner strapped down or do you know why anchoring your air conditioner is important?
  • What do you do, or who do you call if your air conditioning system is broken during the storm?

How did you do? If you needed some help answering them, don’t worry.  Home-Tech is here to help with storm related air conditioning repairs.

air conditioning units strapped downAnchor Time!

If you purchased your AC unit prior to 2007, it may not be properly grounded or secured, compromising the durability of this equipment during an electrical storm, tropical storm and hurricane.  In the 2007 Florida Building Code, anchoring cooling and heating systems were made mandatory, in order to insure the integrity of the unit in hurricane force winds.  Many residential air conditioning systems are strapped or anchored to the ground, but think about our fellow residents that dwell in apartments and condominiums.  Their units have to be properly strapped down to the roof. Home-Tech’s Comfort Specialists and technicians can get your equipment properly secured before the next big storm.

Keeping Cool While the Storm Heats Up

Home-Tech recommends a pre-cooling of the home prior to the storm. Lower your thermostat a few degrees below your normal comfort level.  To keep you and your equipment safe, turn off your air conditioning system as the storm is passing. Turning off the AC avoids electrical surges from taking out a compressor or another system component.  After the storm has passed and electrical surges have subsided, turn your air conditioner back on, as long as you have power.  Getting your system back up and running is important to avoid any mold issues from occurring.

Storm Aftermath

Should a severe storm cause your air conditioner to malfunction or cease operation, your first call should be to Home-Tech.  Our qualified technicians will inspect the unit, informing you of any repairs that need to be made.  If our technicians find that your system is beyond repair, we will work with your insurance company to get you the correct system replacement.  We will be there  to help you every step of the way.

To schedule an appointment to anchor your air conditioning system, for a post-storm repair, inspection or to purchase and install a new AC system, call Home-Tech at 1-800-800-8356, or schedule online.

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