How Severe Weather can Affect Your Air Conditioner

September 08, 2015

When severe 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 greatest priorities, but did you know there are opportunities for you to prep your air conditioner so that when the storm finishes, your AC repair technician will give you the thumbs up?

Taking even a few moments to think about your heating and cooling systems before the storm hits can help you protect from damage to your system when it’s all said and done. Then, when you arrange for an AC repair professional to check your system post-storm, they can probably provide you with good news that your preparations were worth the time.

At Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we recognize that there’s only so much prep work you can do to get ready for bad weather, and time might 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.

Before

  • Turn off your heating and cooling equipment. Power surges are typical during severe weather, so be sure to turn off your system via your thermostat and your circuit breaker to know for sure it is completely 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 severe weather. Just make sure you have turned the system completely off prior to covering it with anything.
  • Prep your yard. Ensure all loose outdoor items such as grills, patio furniture and any yard tools are kept in a secure place so that they don’t get thrown around during the severe weather event.

After

  • Clear the debris. Once it is ok to go back outside, be sure 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 Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing prior to turning on your air conditioner. We can properly check out your system and decide whether or not an AC repair is needed.

Of course we all hope that threatening weather doesn’t hit us in Kansas City, but we have to be prepped if we want the best chance to avert any major damage or other concerns that may come with it. If you have any questions about how to best get ready for severe weather in Kansas City 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 Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing through our online scheduler.

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