SAFETY, as always, is our number one priority
Here are a few Hurricane Florence Safety Tips for before, during, and after the storm for your home and your air conditioner:
Watch For Standing or Rising Water
It doesn’t take much rain in some areas to cause flooding. Be aware of potential flooding if your outdoor unit is located on the ground level. Flood waters can damage your unit if it is running and it can wash debris into the unit which can cause further problems with operation. If you have experienced more than 12 inches of standing water around your unit it is a good idea to have a technician check the system out thoroughly before switching it back on.
Don’t Turn On Your Air Conditioner After The Storm
Do not turn your system back on after the storm until you have visually inspected the outdoor unit for damage,debris, and standing water. It is possible that water damage will need to be repaired or debris removed before the system can operate normally again. Allowing electricity to enter the system could cause further damage. High winds and flying debris can cause disconnections with the unit’s electrical supply and refrigerant lines. A refrigerant leak can be toxic and lose electrical connections can also be dangerous. Stay away from any downed wires that may be on your property. If you suspect the unit has been damaged it is best to have a technician inspect and make any necessary repairs before turning the system back on.
Be Safe If You Have To Use A Generator
If you are using a generator during a power outage please make sure that it is outside of your home, and not in the garage, and that it is in a well-ventilated area away from open doors or windows so no noxious Carbon Monoxide emissions can enter your home. Make sure that you have CO detector installed in your home and that the batteries are good and it is operational. Also, this would be a good time to make sure you have an adequate fire extinguisher close by in case of an emergency.
Do Not Use Open Flames In Your Home During A Power Outage
It is best to use battery powered lights during an outage to prevent the risk of a fire. So stock up on batteries and make sure you have plenty of flashlights available.
If you feel that your system has been damaged by water, wind, or electricity during the storm, keep the power off and call for a technician. We are here to help and it is better to be safe than sorry. Once the storm passes it is our we will work diligently to get everyone back to normal as quickly as possible and to make sure that everything is operating safely.