Monsoon 2021 has provided the Valley of the Sun with much needed rain. While these storms are beneficial, they can cause damage to household appliances and HVAC systems. Ahead of the next storm, here are some handy tips to help protect your HVAC system and your house during a monsoon storm:
- Keep aware of current weather forecasts on apps, TV, or the internet.
- Sign up for alerts from our local TV stations like 12News, ABC15, AZFamily, and Fox10Phoenix to be informed of excessive heat warnings, approaching monsoon storms, and flash flooding. Check your mobile phone settings under notifications and government alerts to make sure Emergency Alerts and Public Safety Alerts are turned on. ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Health) issues daily alerts on air quality including dust.
- Turn off your air conditioning during a severe monsoon storm to prevent damage from a power surge. If there has been an outage, wait several minutes before turning on your HVAC system. It only takes one power surge to lead to costly repair bills.
- Don’t forget to turn off and unplug other appliances. Make certain that devices including your iPad, mobile phones and landline phones, IoT (Internet of Things devices such as Alexa and Ring), laptop computers, digital and Smart TVs, DVRs, and other media equipment are plugged into surge protectors. Voltage fluctuations can occur during an electrical storm, causing circuits to overload following an outage.
- Make sure to leave one light on to serve as an indicator for when power is restored.
- Invest in a whole house surge protector to prevent surges in electrical current from reaching your appliances, including your HVAC system.
Summer storms in the Greater Phoenix area are amazing to watch. By taking the steps to protect your house against unexpected power surges caused by monsoon storms, you can enjoy the show and avoid costly repairs. Call Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652 to schedule an appointment to discuss protecting your HVAC system during monsoon season.