Thunderstorms are common in Arizona, but they are most common during summers (the monsoon season between June and September). Thunderstorms can result in heavy rainfalls, dangerous winds, flash flooding, and a lot more. And all these extreme weather conditions can be detrimental to your outdoor fixtures, especially your HVAC system.
As the weather changes, you must prepare your HVAC unit for extreme weather conditions so you can avoid any long-term damage to your system. Here are five expert tips on how to prepare your HVAC system for stormy weather ahead.
Cover the Outdoor Unit
Perhaps the first thing you need to do to protect your HVAC system from stormy weather is to cover the outdoor unit. The outdoor units are most vulnerable to damage from storms and hurricanes. The extreme wind, rain, and lightning can damage the fins and refrigerant coils that may affect your entire system. You can easily avoid this inconvenience by covering your outdoor unit. By keeping your HVAC system safe, you can add more to your HVAC’s life.
Avoid Using Your HVAC System During Extreme Weather Conditions
It is best to avoid using your HVAC system in extreme weather conditions as it may lead to irrevocable damage to your system. In times of severe weather such as hurricanes, thunderstorms, and excessive rainfall, it is best to switch off your HVAC system. Moreover, if you have already received weather updates and expect a storm, you should turn off the thermostat and turn off the power from the main breaker to cut the entire power supply.
Install a Surge Protector for Added Protection
Arizona experiences hundreds and thousands of lightning strikes every year. So whether lightning occurs with or without storms, it is best to install a surge protector. It helps prevent damage to all your electronic devices and appliances, including your HVAC system. When you have a surge protector installed, it will ground the lightning if your house gets hit by a strike.
Protect Exposed Wires
Short-circuiting is a common occurrence during extreme weather conditions. However, you can easily avoid it by protecting all exposed wires. As the weather changes, it is the best time to call a professional to cover all your damaged and exposed wires. Once your wires are insulated, your HVAC system will likely stay in good shape despite extreme weather.
Get Regular Inspection
Regular inspection of your HVAC system can save you a lot of trouble and money as it prepares the unit for extreme weather conditions. As soon as you notice any issue with your HVAC system, it is best to call a professional plumber. And even when there are no apparent problems, scheduling regular maintenance helps early detection and efficient solution for all HVAC problems.