Power outages can strike unexpectedly, especially during Philadelphia's stormy summer months. Being prepared can help you minimize discomfort and protect your central air system. Here’s a simple guide on what to do before, during, and after a power outage.

Before the Outage

Preparation is key:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Ensure your HVAC system is serviced regularly. This helps prevent potential malfunctions that might occur when the power returns after an outage.
  2. Surge Protection: Install a surge protector for your HVAC system to safeguard it against sudden power surges, which are common when power is restored.
  3. Know Your System: Familiarize yourself with how to manually shut off your HVAC system. This can be crucial if a storm is imminent and you need to quickly turn off the system to avoid damage.

During the Outage

Keeping safe and cool:

  1. Turn Off the HVAC System: If the power goes out, turn off your HVAC system at the breaker to prevent it from restarting with a surge, which could damage sensitive electronics.
  2. Stay Cool: Keep blinds and curtains closed to retain cool air. If safe, open windows to allow a breeze if temperatures are tolerable, ensuring that this doesn’t introduce more humidity into your home.
  3. Generator Use: If you have a generator, use it to power essentials but avoid connecting your HVAC system unless the generator can handle the load, as this can cause damage to the system.

After the Outage

When power returns:

  1. Inspect Before Restarting: Once the power is back, don’t turn your HVAC system on immediately. Check for any damage or issues caused by the outage or a power surge.
  2. Give It Time: Wait for about 5-10 minutes before restarting your HVAC system. This delay helps stabilize the electrical supply and reduces the chance of another surge.
  3. Monitor Performance: After restarting, monitor the system for any unusual noises or malfunctioning. If you suspect any damage, it’s safer to turn off the unit and call a professional.

If you're unsure about your system's condition after a power outage, or if you need regular maintenance to ensure your system is outage-ready, consider reaching out to McCorry Comfort. They offer expert HVAC services that can help prepare your system for Philadelphia’s unpredictable weather and ensure your comfort throughout the year.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in protecting your HVAC investment and maintaining your home’s comfort during and after unexpected power outages.