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If you live in Kinston, North Carolina, you’re no stranger to storms, but there are steps you need to take during a storm to protect your air conditioner. Your HVAC system is a big investment. Whether it’s a hurricane or a thunderstorm, it is important to do everything you can to prevent damage to your system.

Turn Off Your Air Conditioner

It is a good idea to turn off your unit during a lightning storm. A surge protector isn’t strong enough if lightning strikes your home. A lightning strike can completely ruin your HVAC unit. However, if it’s just raining, there’s no reason to worry. Storms don’t usually last long, and the heat and humidity often subside during this period. You can’t afford to risk a lightning strike that could damage your unit, so bearing uncomfortable temperatures for a while will be worth it considering the cost of a replacement.

Cover Your Unit

If there’s a severe thunderstorm or hurricane coming, use a tarp to cover your unit. Although a cover or tarp only provides minimal coverage, it is enough to keep debris out of your unit during a storm. Another potential hazard comes from small animals that try to seek shelter in air conditioning units during a storm. It is not a bad idea to invest in hurricane straps as well, especially if you live near the coast. The winds from a hurricane can cause significant damage.

Inspect Your Unit

After a major storm, make sure you check your unit thoroughly before turning it back on. There could be debris lodged inside the outdoor component that could damage it if not removed before resuming operation. It’s especially important to inspect the unit carefully before use if you weren’t home or were unable to cover it before the storm.

If you have concerns about your HVAC system at any time, we are the experts you should call. Contact J & J Mechanical, Inc. today at (855) 800-1341 to speak with an experienced professional.

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