As everyone in Cape Coral, FL is well aware, hurricane season is just around the corner. In fact, 2018’s hurricane season is starting early with the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto at the end of May. These hurricane tips can help prevent damage to your home’s heating and cooling system. If your system does sustain damage, you’ll be better prepared to get it back up and running.
Home Maintenance Checklist
The outdoor condenser unit is designed to withstand quite a bit. However, even the toughest system will struggle with 100 mph winds. Make sure that the outdoor unit is fastened to its concrete slab with hurricane straps to prevent it from moving around.
Other household preparations will also minimize the risk of damage:
- Keep trees close to your home and HVAC equipment well-trimmed.
- Clean the gutters of leaves and debris.
- Shut off fuel and electricity to the unit.
Get Your Paperwork in Order
Before a large storm, it’s a good idea to make sure that your warranty and homeowners insurance information is readily accessible. Chances are that your HVAC warranty won’t cover damage caused by extreme weather, but many homeowners insurance policies will.
Take It Slow
Once the storm passes, you should visually inspect all outdoor equipment before turning it back on, and if you notice any damage at all, have it inspected by a professional. Even a tiny dent in the wrong place can set off a chain reaction that ends with a fried compressor or circuit board. If flooding occurs around the outdoor unit, have it inspected — standing water can rapidly corrode the coils and other components.
With just a few simple steps, you’ll be able to protect your Cape Coral, FL HVAC system while minimizing potential headaches down the road. Not sure if your system is up to the task? Visit D & D Air Conditioning to have one of our HVAC specialists inspect your equipment, or call us at (239) 204-2943.