Is Your HVAC Prepared to Withstand Hurricane Season?
Here on the East Coast, hurricane season runs from June 1 through the end of November. That’s a long time to have unpredictable weather with strong winds, rain, hail, and more. Along with hurricane season come minor tropical storms and tropical depressions.
Regarding your commercial HVAC, there are things to think about before, during, and after a hurricane. HVAC repair and inspections. Let’s get into those now!
Have a Professional Check Your HVAC System
We usually end articles with this piece of advice; you really should have a professional check your HVAC system well in advance of any significant storms to ensure you do not need HVAC repair prior to inclement weather.
HVAC preventative maintenance service will discover and correct any underlying issues that could leave your system vulnerable, thus helping prevent damage.
Service techs will also tighten loose components and seal spots that would let water into your commercial HVAC system.
Before The Storm – Shut Off Your HVAC System
You don’t want your system to be running during the storm. If it’s already on, shut it off by flipping the switch at the breaker box. Power interruptions can put unnecessary pressure on your compressor and other parts of your HVAC unit.
If dead trees or loose tree limbs are near your HVAC, trim them, so they don’t fall on your HVAC unit and cause severe damage. If possible, have a service technician tarp the unit to prevent flying sticks and other debris from damaging the unit.
During The Storm – Keep an Eye on The Building
If you can safely get to your building during the storm, keep an eye on it. If you see damage, make a note of it, and call a professional immediately after the storm has passed.
Lightning can cause power surges, which cause blown fuses, burnt wires, fried compressors, and more. Report what you see during the storm to your HVAC technician.
After The Storm – HVAC Repair and Inspection
Once the storm has passed, it’s time to inspect your commercial HVAC system thoroughly. To determine if HVAC repair is needed. Look for any physical damage to the unit and any debris that may have gotten into it.
Call a professional for repair or replacement services if you see any damage. If everything is fine, turn on the unit to prevent mold from growing in your air ducts. Look out for a future blog post from us on how to tell if you have mold in your air conditioning unit.
Remember, it’s essential to take steps to protect your commercial HVAC system before, during, and after a hurricane…
- Have a professional check it well before any storms.
- Shut it off if it’s already on during the storm
- Keep an eye on the building if you can safely do so and inspect it thoroughly after the storm and establish what HVAC repair is required..
These steps can help prevent damage to your system and keep your business up and running during hurricane season!
Please contact us if you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation. Our team of experts is here to help you keep your commercial HVAC system in top shape all year long!