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How to Storm-Proof Your Air Conditioner

Storm season can be tricky in BC’s Fraser Valley, so it’s important to know how to storm-proof your air conditioner the right way. At Primo Heat, we’re committed to making sure you’re prepared. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on storm-proofing your AC. No technical jargon, just simple, actionable advice.

how to stormproof your air conditioner

1. Clean the Area

First things first, we need to start with a clean slate. Ensure the area around your air conditioning unit is cleared of debris like leaves, branches, and rocks. These could potentially cause  damage to your unit during a storm if they get thrown around by the wind. Don’t forget to also check the unit’s surface and remove any debris that might have landed on top or the sides.

2. Invest in a Cover

A protective cover can be a great investment for your air conditioner. It helps shield the unit from not just the rain but also flying debris. Make sure to choose a cover that fits well and has air vents to prevent condensation from building up inside. Always remember to remove the cover before using your air conditioner the following season to prevent damage.

3. Shutting off Power

At the end of each season or when you know a larger storm is imminent, it’s advisable to turn off the power to your air conditioner. This step might sound technical, but it’s straightforward. Locate the electrical disconnect for your unit (it’s usually a small metal box mounted on the side of your house near the outdoor unit) and pull the connection piece. Store this in a safe place for next season or following a storm. Alternatively, locate the breaker for the unit (located within the electrical panel) and flip the switch to the off position.

4. Don’t Forget Regular Maintenance

Finally, regular maintenance goes a long way in storm-proofing your air conditioner. A well-maintained unit is more resilient to harsh weather. Ensure filters are clean, fins are straight, and there are no loose or frayed wires. Follow our complete maintenance checklist for your AC.

Storm-proofing your air conditioner might seem like a difficult task, but it’s well worth the effort. Taking these simple steps can significantly increase the lifespan of your unit and reduce repair costs down the line.

At Primo Heat, we’re here to help you through every weather condition. If you’re unsure about any steps in this guide or if your air conditioner requires regular or additional maintenance, our team is always ready to assist. Just fill out our simple website form to get in touch with us.

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