Safeguarding of HVAC systems During Cyclones

As meteorologists anticipate the landfall of #CycloneKirrily, projected between Cardwell and Airlie Beach "most likely overnight on Thursday", it is crucial to address the safeguarding of HVAC systems. With over three decades of experience, Clean-Air has witnessed the significant damage cyclones can inflict on electrical equipment. The HVAC system and air conditioning components are particularly vulnerable, with the potential for substantial financial losses within moments.

Recognising the imperative of preemptive measures against storm damage, we offer essential guidance for preparation:

Before the Cyclone Hits:
1️⃣ Engage a reliable and qualified air conditioning technician or electrician to assess and ensure readiness.
2️⃣ Discuss the installation of electrical surge protectors with the technician for added safeguarding.
3️⃣ Power down the air conditioning unit.
4️⃣ Cover the exterior unit with a securely tied tarpaulin. Always remove the cover before restarting the system.
5️⃣ Disconnect the unit from the mains supply and turn off the isolation switch.

After the Cyclone has Passed:
1️⃣ Avoid immediately restarting the air conditioning system after a storm.
2️⃣ Inspect exterior units for any signs of damage.
3️⃣ Examine the surrounding areas, ensuring debris is cleared from the units.
4️⃣ If uncertain, seek professional maintenance assistance.

When confident that the air conditioning units are clear for operation, follow these steps:
1️⃣ Ensure all internal switches are turned off.
2️⃣ Reconnect the supply at the mains before restarting the units.
3️⃣ This precaution prevents unforeseen power surges and safeguards the internal electrical components from late-stage damage.

In Summary:
Air conditioning installations are not only expensive but also integral to the comfort of built environments. Devoting a few hours to storm preparedness can mitigate future issues and expenses for your facility.

For further inquiries or to discuss additional measures for protecting your HVAC system, please feel free to contact our team at Clean-Air.


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