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Ways to Protect Your HVAC During Hurricane Season

It’s that time again: Hurricane Season is here. Living near Tampa, FL, you’re no stranger to the unpredictable and often severe weather during storm season. Your HVAC system is an important part of your home’s comfort and safety, so it’s essential to take steps to protect it. 

The right precautions can prevent costly damage and ensure your system is ready to go once the storm passes. Whether it’s securing the unit, performing maintenance checks, or other professional services, protecting your HVAC system should never be overlooked. So, call the reliable team here at ACHV Services to schedule a pre-hurricane season inspection. You know we’re always there for your air and will make sure your system is in peak condition to make it through storm season!  


Common Hurricane Impacts on HVAC Systems 

Here in Tampa Bay, storms can cause a lot of issues! These include:  

  • Excess moisture & mold growth 
  • HVAC unit clogs due to debris 
  • Power outages which can cause electrical issues 
  • Flooding and saltwater intrusion corroding AC components 
  • Dislodged units due to strong winds 

Let’s look at these in a little more detail!  

High humidity levels during and after a hurricane can really strain the HVAC system. Excess moisture can lead to mold growth within the system, which can affect air quality and system efficiency. Plus, contaminants such as dirt, leaves, and other debris can clog the HVAC system leading to reduced airflow, increased strain on the unit(s), and higher energy consumption. 

Hurricanes also can cause structural damage to buildings, which could impact the HVAC system. For example, roof damage can lead to water ingress that affects both the indoor and outdoor components of the HVAC unit. Blocked or damaged air ducts can occur due to debris and water infiltration during a hurricane. This can reduce the efficiency of the HVAC system and compromise indoor air quality. 

Power outages are common during hurricanes, which can disrupt the operation of HVAC systems. Sudden power loss and subsequent surges, when power is restored, can damage electrical components within the unit! 

Flooding and saltwater intrusion is a major concern in coastal areas like Tampa Bay. Excessive rain and storm surges can lead to water entering the HVAC system, causing electrical shorts, corrosion, and other water-related damages. This saltwater can corrode metal components of the HVAC system, leading to accelerated wear and potential failure.  

Hurricanes bring strong winds that can cause significant physical damage to HVAC units. These winds can dislodge or topple outdoor units, leading to extensive repair or replacement costs. The flying debris during a storm can strike & damage the HVAC system. This can range from minor dents to severe impacts that compromise the functionality of the system. 

In the aftermath of a hurricane, your HVAC system may be exposed to prolonged periods of inactivity (due to you being displaced or power being down). Combined with issues that could make the unit not work properly can lead to mechanical issues and decreased AC efficiency over time.  

Don’t risk it: We’re here for you before or after the storm hits home. Save our number so you have it just in case! 


Preparing for Your AC for Hurricane Season 

Do your best to prepare your home & AC unit for the stormy weather!  

First things first, our local HVAC pros recommend scheduling a comprehensive maintenance check before hurricane season begins. (If you’re looking for affordable HVAC care, go ahead and call us before the bad weather starts.) A maintenance check ensures that your HVAC system is in optimal working condition and can handle any stress that may come from power fluctuations or other storm-related issues. Okay, now that that’s cleared up…here’s how else to prep your HVAC system for hurricane season: 

Depending on where your unit is located, you may need to secure your outdoor HVAC unit with hurricane straps or brackets to anchor the unit to a concrete pad. This helps prevent the unit from being displaced or damaged by strong winds. Your AC installation should have covered it, but you never know especially if your unit is older. It’s a good idea to check all the brackets to make sure they are properly attached before a named storm comes through.  

From there, you may want to cover your HVAC unit with a specially designed cover that can protect it from flying debris. Take time to also clear the area around your HVAC of any loose objects (ex. Branches and leaves) to minimize the risk of damage. Just remember to remove the cover once the storm has passed to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to mold and other issues. Since you’re out there, items like patio furniture, garden tools, and other outdoor equipment should be secured or brought indoors too.  

Turning off your HVAC system during a hurricane is advised! This can prevent electrical surges from damaging the system when power is restored. Some Tampa area homeowners choose to install a surge protector for their HVAC system to help protect it from electrical surges caused by lightning or power outages. This can prevent costly repairs or replacements due to electrical damage. Barring a surge protector, it’s also a good idea to turn off the circuit breaker connected to the HVAC system. Some houses we visit even have a backup generator which can be a lifesaver during extended power outages. This ensures that your HVAC system can continue to operate, maintaining a comfortable indoor environment even when the power is out. 

After the storm, it’s important to have a professional inspect your HVAC system before turning it back on. This ensures that there are no hidden damages that could lead to further (possibly expensive) issues down the line! 


Call Us for a Professional Pre-Hurricane Season Tune-Up 

Ensuring your HVAC system is in good working condition before hurricane season is not just about comfort—it’s about safety and preparedness. 

Taking proactive steps can minimize potential damage and reduce downtime after the storm. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact us today to schedule your professional pre-hurricane season tune-up and give yourself peace of mind knowing your HVAC system is ready to withstand our local extreme weather conditions. 

(727) 453-2432 

(813) 917-2982 

ACHV Services: Proudly servicing all of Tampa Bay with honesty and integrity. 


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