Severe weather and your air conditioner: from air conditioner covers to post-storm AC repair in Kitchener Published on September 08, 2015 When bad weather comes our way, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a lot of repercussions. Staying safe and protecting your home are your highest priorities, but did you know there are steps you can take to prep your air conditioner so that when the storm finishes, your AC repair technician will give you the a-okay? Taking even a few minutes to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm strikes can help you avoid damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you arrange for an AC repair expert to check your system post-storm, they can likely provide you with good news that your steps worked. At Hammond Plumbing & Heating, we realize that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for severe weather, and time likely will not give you much notification, so we’ve put together a list of what you can do before and after a severe weather event occurs. BeforeTurn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are commonplace during rough weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to know for sure it is fully off.Cover the outdoor unit. Whether it’s a specific AC cover or simply a tarp, covering your system and securing the cover has the ability to keep away any debris that gets strewn about during threatening weather. Just make sure you have turned the system fully off before covering it with anything.Prep your yard. Ensure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are put away in a protected place so that they don’t get thrown around during the bad weather. AfterClear the debris. Once it is alright to head out of your home, ensure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.Damaged? If you see any damage to your system or if it is sitting in standing water, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly inspect your system and determine whether or not an AC repair is necessary. Of course we all hope that severe weather doesn’t hit us in Kitchener, but we have to be prepared if we want the best chance to dodge any major damage or other problems that may come with it. If you have any questions about how to best prepare for bad weather in Kitchener or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has come and gone, give us a call at 519-894-3222 or schedule an appointment with Hammond Plumbing & Heating through our online scheduler.