Queensland is on storm alert, with meteorologists predicting four cyclones in the 2013/14 period. In preparation, the Queensland government is promoting a ‘Get Ready Queensland’ campaign, giving tips on how to prepare for the storms and the clean-up required after.
With over 30 years-experience in the Brisbane area, Brisbane Air know more than most about the damage that can be caused to electrical equipment during a storm. Often forgotten is the air conditioning unit: potentially thousands of dollars of damage can be caused in a single second. It is easy to see the importance of taking precautions against storm damage, and here we give some easy to follow guidance on how to do so.
Before a storm
- Get in touch with a reliable and qualified air conditioning technician and/ or electrician, and have them come and check for readiness. Speak to him about electrical surge protectors for your air conditioning installation.
- Turn off the air conditioning unit.
- Once the air conditioning system is switched off, cover the outside unit with a tarpaulin or cover. Make sure it is tied down securely. Always remove the cover, before turning the air conditioning system back on.
- Disconnect the unit from the mains supply. Turn off the isolation switch.
After a storm
- Never switch your air conditioning on immediately after a storm.
- Check outside units for damage.
- Inspect surrounding areas and the units, ensuring that the vicinity is clear and there is no debris in the units.
- If in any doubt, then call for professional maintenance help.
When you are completely sure that your air conditioning units are clear and ready to be switched back on, then first check that all internal switches are turned off. Then reconnect the supply at the mains before switching your units back on. This will ensure that there is no unforeseen power surge, and help prevent your air conditioning unit’s internal electrical parts from any late stage damage.
The bottom line
Your air conditioning installation is an expensive and essential element of your comfort at home, in the summer and the winter. By spending a few minutes ensuring you are prepared for a storm, you could save a lot of aggravation, heartache, and cost later.
If you have any questions, or wish to discuss protecting your air conditioner further, then feel free to contact the technicians at Brisbane Air.