Although we never hope to have to deal with severe weather, in Knoxville it’s a reality we must be ready for. If you already have a plan to keep your home and family safe, be sure you include air conditioner service when severe weather is on the way. Of course it’s not the most important thing during these times, but there are a few things you can do to help protect your air conditioner 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 expert technician from R & M Climate Control Service Experts in Knoxville can offer guidance on the best way to secure your particular air conditioner.
Shut the system down.
This may seem like an obvious step, but in the first moments of a hurricane it can be easy to panic and forget this and other simple yet vital tasks. Shut down your air conditioner from the thermostat first. Then, if you aren’t very familiar with your fuse box, it’s the perfect time to get to know it! Shut off the fuse connected to your air conditioner and see which fuses control other areas or appliances in your home. Taking action before an emergency saves you the trouble and danger 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 chair 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 items that could turn into a projectile in unstable weather. Anything that could get thrown into 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 assess the damage. The experts at R & M Climate Control have seen it all before. So whether Knoxville is expecting bad weather or if you just want to schedule an air conditioner service before any future storms hit, call 865-229-6176 today or schedule an appointment online.