How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When rough weather comes around, whether it’s forecasted or not, it can have a lot that comes with it. 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 passes, your AC repair technician will give you the all-clear?

Taking even a small bit of time to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm strikes can help you protect from damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you schedule for an AC repair expert to check your system after the storm, they can probably provide you with good news that your steps were worth the time.

At Becht/Givens Service Experts, we know that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for bad weather, and time might not give you much notice, so we’ve put together a list of what you can do before and after a severe weather event takes place.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are common during bad weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to make 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 tossed around during severe weather. Just make sure you have turned the system fully off before covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Make sure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are put away in a secure place so that they don’t get tossed about during the bad weather.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is alright to return out of your home, ensure any debris is cleared away from your outdoor unit.
  • Damaged? If you locate any damage to your system or if it is sitting in standing water, call Becht/Givens Service Experts prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly look at your system and determine whether or not an AC repair is a necessity.

Of course we all hope that threatening weather doesn’t hit us in Louisville, but we have to be prepped if we want the best chance to avert any major damage or other issues that might come with it. If you have any questions about how to best prepare for threatening weather in Louisville or want to know what our AC repair service consists of after the storm has passed, give us a call at or schedule an appointment with Becht/Givens Service Experts through our online scheduler.

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