- When there is a lightning storm in the area, turn off your air conditioning using the thermostat. Equipment is generally only susceptible to power surges if it is on.
Even a small surge can weaken or damage parts, such as capacitors, within your air conditioner. A damaged capacitor will cause the motor or compressor in your unit to draw more electricity, run hotter and shorten it’s lifespan.
Other things you can do to prevent damage to your air conditioner:
- Have your A/C condensing unit raised on a 8 inch thick hurricane pad. This prevents minor flooding from shorting out your unit and possibly your whole house. An added benefit you get is that grass clipping’s and other debris are less likely to clog the condenser bottom coils and prevents high head pressure which can lead to your compressor shutting down. Sometimes if your outside unit is level with the ground and the area stays moist, the bottom of the unit prematurely rusts to the point of requiring replacement.
- Code requires tie down straps rated for 160 miles per hour on all new A/C condensing units and A/C Package units. These can be installed on existing Air Conditioning Equipment.
- Install a gas driven generator to keep your food safe and your house cool.
If you have any questions regarding your Air Conditioning System or need Emergency Service, call Air Masters 813-234-2419.
By John De Young
Air Masters of Tampa Bay (813) 234-2419