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A/C Hurricane Checklist

Florida is known for a lot of things, but nothing quite compares to a Florida Hurricane. Hurricanes can be very unpredictable until the very last minute; that’s why it’s important to be prepared for any level of severity. Below is an A/C Hurricane Checklist we made that we feel is full of valuable information for you as a homeowner not just for your a/c unit but for everything in and outside of your home.

Feel free to print out our PDF version of the A/C Hurricane Checklist below and personalize it to meet your specific needs.

Before the Storm:

Clean away any and all outside debris around your condenser unit. Make sure there’s no loose trash or pine needles that could clog up your unit and cause a clog in your unit.

Clean off and secure all outside patio equipment including pool toys, playground equipment, etc.

Just before the storm, cool your home a little colder than you normally would, and then turn your unit off. This will aid in preventing any fuses from being blown that are connected to your unit during the storm.

Trim all tree branches that hang directly over or onto your roof. If the wind is strong this could cause tree branches to scrape your roof tiles.

Invest in a surge protector specifically for your unit.

  • 1 wks worth of Non-Perishable foods
  • 1 wks worth of water
  • First-aid kit (including all Prescription drugs)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • Place all important documents in a water-proof safe or ziplock bags

After the Storm:

Inspect your unit for any damage that the storm may have caused.

Look for water damage to your unit; any significant standing water around the unit?

*** If there is standing water DO NOT turn on your unit; this could be a potential hazard and it’s best to call an HVAC professional ***

Listen for any strange/abnormal noises. For instance, clicking noises, the unit turning on then immediately off, and loud noises are all abnormal sounds.

Take photos of any visible damage to report to your Insurance company and your insurance company will be able to go over what your policy covers as far as storm coverage.

3 Tips to Stay Cool without Power

Use a generator or battery-operated fans. However, generators can be expensive but during a hurricane they can provide relief to the heat/humidity as well as keep your refrigerator running.

Close doors to rooms that are not in use. When you close the doors and seal them with a blanket or fabric you are keeping the air in that room contained.

Keep blinds & curtains closed to keep out unwanted heat. Blackout drapes are the best, but any cover will do in keeping unwanted heat out.

If you have any questions or concerns about your A/C unit after a storm, never hesitate to give us a call and let us check your unit to make sure it is safe to turn back on.

Click the link below to download your own copy of the Hurricane Checklist:

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