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Preparing Your Air Conditioner in NJ for Storm Season

NOAA forecasters say there is a strong chance for 14 to 19 named storms to crop up this season and the warm weather will make for a stormier late summer and fall for the New Jersey
area. Just as you make other household preparations for storm season, you need to prepare your air conditioning in NJ for storm season. To that end, here are some important tips.

Cover the AC Unit Before a Storm

Heavy storms are fairly predictable affairs so even though covering your air conditioning unit for long periods of time is a bad thing (it invites rust and mold) it’s a good idea to cover it up before a large storm. The best solution is to cover it with a waterproof tarp that is held in place by sandbags. This will keep debris and small creatures out of the nut and also provides some hail protection. After the passing of the storm you’ll need to remove your tarp, but keep in mind that if it’s quite humid and the power is out, you should leave it on for a while to cut down on the chances of mold and rust.

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Look for Hazards in the Vicinity of the AC Unit

Again, precaution is the best medicine when it comes to safeguarding the functionality of your air conditioning unit. If you have advanced warning for a treacherous storm, look around your yard and remove anything like porch furniture that could become a projectile. Be sure to trim any branches or plants that could be dislodged, become entangled in your unit and interfere with its air circulation. This should include taking a good look at the condition of trees that may be within potential striking distance of outside units if they fall during a storm. Dry and dead trees and limbs will be the first to come off in heavy winds.

Install a Surge Protector

There may or may not be a lot of lighting associated with a storm, but it’s always good to be safe rather than sorry if a whole house surge occurs. One way to prevent system damage is to install a whole house surge protector to safeguard your electricals for a lot less money than replacing all, or most, of them. Be sure to purchase one that meets the necessary needs of your home and that has surge guarantees and protection plans.

Have Your AC Unit Serviced

When it comes to your air condition, NJ homeowners should be looking at an inspection before storm season, especially if they didn’t have one at the start of the summer. There are a number of wear and tear issues that can be exacerbated by storms so it’s best to have a Joe Hurley expert to come out and stormproof you system so that they can diagnose issues early before the full brunt of the storm season. While everyone at Joe Hurley tries to always encourage a proactive stance to maintenance, post storm inspections can be a good idea if the storm was severe enough. In these scenarios, it’s a good idea to have a skilled technician to check your system afterwards especially if you notice any inefficiencies in the way it’s now operating.

For more information on preparing your air conditioner in NJ for storm season if you live in Ocean, Monmouth or Mercer County, call Joe Hurley today at 732.660.1600.