Every storm season I talk about hurricane straps because I think it’s important to remind everyone that even their air conditioners need to be secured in time for hurricane season (June 1 – November 30). Even a strong enough storm that doesn’t reach hurricane strength could cause a poorly secured system to topple.
In my business, an air conditioner that gets blown off its support system is referred to as a “hanger.” If you don’t believe me take a closer look at that photo. One thing for sure is that no one wants a 200-300 lb. piece of equipment dangling by mere threads near anyone’s home. So, if you haven’t yet, make sure that you inspect you a/c unit and make sure that it has hurricane straps securing it properly in place.
In addition, if a storm hits, make sure to turn your air conditioner off. And when you’re ready to turn it on again, check to make sure that there is no debris or other visible problems, and that the unit is safe to operate again.
If you’re not sure whether your system is properly secured, make sure to give your HVAC contractor a call. I know how much new systems can cost and it’s essential that you do everything you can to prepare for potential hazards and protect your investment.
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of Sanibel Air & Electric on Sanibel, FL. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com