An old cowboy once posed the question, “How are Arizona monsoons similar to diamondback rattlesnakes?” They’re both beautiful and dangerous. The awe-inspiring sight of an approaching mile high haboob darkening the sky is stunning and best viewed from the safety of your home. Monsoon season brings tree-toppling high winds, blinding dust storms, powerful lightning, deafening thunder, pounding hail, driving rain and flash floods. Many of these extreme weather conditions can prove hazardous to you, your family, your home – and your air conditioning unit.
Monsoon Season Safety Recap
If you are new to the Phoenix metroplex and have not experienced a monsoon, please do not underestimate the danger one can bring. Flash floods and downed power lines pose life threatening risks to drivers. Yet every summer, TV news helicopters show cars submerged in water and motorists being rescued by first responders. If you are enjoying the outdoors with your kids, shopping, running errands or driving in your car and you notice a massive dust storm approaching, it’s best to get off the roads and head for home immediately. If you are unable to make it home, head for cover – do not try to drive through a dust storm or monsoon.
These violent storms can do damage to your house and AC system. Here are a few key things you can do to prepare for monsoon season:
Haboobs and How They Affect Your Air Conditioner
Massive dust storms propel thousands of pounds of dust and fine desert dirt swirling through the air surrounding Phoenix. Needless to say, dust is not a welcome guest in your home or your air conditioner. Dust can clog your filters, fans and motors and impede the efficiency of your AC system. Before the monsoon season hits, it’s a good idea to change your air filters.
High Winds, Hail and Driving Rain
Many Phoenix homeowners sustain damage to their air conditioners from tree branches, flying debris or occasionally hail in the high winds that accompany monsoons. Air conditioning units are exposed to the elements either on rooftops or on the side of the house. Make sure the area around your AC unit is clear. Driving rain can cause electrical issues or force water where you don’t want it. In severe weather conditions, you might consider shutting your AC unit down for the duration of the storm.
Lightning and Power Outages
Powerful bolts of lightning reaching temperatures of up to 50,000 degrees can topple trees and power lines. Power outages are common during or after monsoons. Fluctuations in power, especially when it comes back on, can affect your air conditioner’s electrical system and circuitry. It is a good idea to consider adding a whole house surge protector to prevent power surges from damaging your AC unit.
Why Not Schedule an AC Checkup Before the Monsoons Hit
When it comes to preparing for monsoon season, our experienced professionals know what to look for in your HVAC system. An AC inspection before the big storms hit will help to prepare your air conditioner for the rough and windy weather ahead. Call us today.