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As you can see from the daily updates… September is the peak of hurricane season. Living in Florida, we are well-adjusted to dealing with these storms and what to do to prepare for them. Safety kits, evacuation plans, storm shutters and more.

So, what was that about my HVAC?

While you may have stocked up on water, batteries and other essentials, one thing you may not have thought to add to that checklist is to make sure your home’s HVAC system is ready for the storm. Not only is preparing your HVAC important to help reduce the likelihood for any damage to the system, but it also helps keep you and your family safe.

Secure it.

Another important step when preparing your AC system for hurricanes and stormy weather is to secure your outdoor unit by checking to make sure all of the bolts are tightened on the unit. Due to the high winds of these storms, AC units can be easily lifted or shifted. Making sure your unit is strapped down with hurricane or condenser straps is recommended to avoid this.

Cool it down.

These storms don’t just bring rain and wind. They also cause power outages that can leave you without the comfort of your air conditioning and other home appliances for hours or days. We recommend cooling your home before the storm hits. Turn your AC down a few degrees lower than normal and keep all of the blinds, doors, and windows closed as much as possible. As the storm gets closer, turn off the electricity or unplug your unit altogether in order to prevent damage through electrical surges from lightning strikes.

Protect it.

Once off, be sure to cover your AC unit with a tarp or plywood to protect it from flying debris like tree limbs, branches, or any other potentially hazardous objects that could be flying around. Remember, just because you’ve prepped your yard for a hurricane, does not mean your neighbor has.

Generate it.

Having a generator to keep your house powered up during outages will make a world of difference for your post-storm comfort. Right now, Badger Bob’s is offering $50 off manual interlock generator setup of 30 – 50 amps. The interlock kit allows you to safely disconnect your panel from the utility feed and switch it over to the generator, which is being fed through a new generator breaker. This provides both an economic and a dependable way to keep your house up and running when the power is out.

Check it.

After the storm, the main thing to remember is that you should not turn your air conditioning back on until you have assessed your unit for damage. This is one of the most important steps. Flooding or flying debris could have damaged your unit and turning it on can make the problem worse. Also, storm winds many cause disconnections within your AC unit, which could lead to toxic refrigerant leaks. If you have found any damage or you are unsure if there is a problem, contact us and we’ll be happy to come out and inspect the system and make any needed repairs.

The Badger Bottom Line

September is peak hurricane season – and you need to be prepared. Along with ensuring those safety kits are ready, you will want to take some steps to protect your A/C system from damage. If your power does go out, having a manual interlock generator installed ahead of time will make a world of difference for you and your family. If you do notice damage following the storm, your safest approach is to set up an appointment for a Badger Bob’s visit by simply calling 941.225.2775 or going to https://badgerbobs.com/schedule-now/.

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Heather B.

Badger Bob’s has been wonderful and so speedy getting our issues scheduled and fixed. We manage 150 properties in Sarasota and have been so pleased. Some companies don’t respond quickly and in this industry time is so sensitive to our tenants!

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Dylan at Badger Bob’s was just terrific. He arrived on time. He exuded a very professional can do attitude. He quickly diagnosed our issues and ordered the appropriate parts all in about 20 minutes.

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Rob is a great technician and a wonderful ambassador for Badger Bob’s. He is fast, efficient, exceptional in his diagnosing and he’s a fine individual. We had a situation where he could have easily “boosted” the bill and we would never have known but his ethics and honesty kept him from it. I am now a loyal fan and would not consider any other appliance company.

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There is no better repair shop in town than Badger Bobs. For ten years they’ve taken care of our AC and Appliances, along with those of friends and clients. Always friendly, on time, well priced and efficient. They really treat you like family and are a wonderful member of the community so you’ll see them around town and they always have a smile on their face and are ready to greet you with a big hello!

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Great service and really liked the email with the service persons picture and recent background check. Doesn’t get much better than that. He was very nice knowledgeable and on point. Well done all the way around!

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Paul is the real deal – says what he means and means what he says – “old school” in the best sense of the term. Paul and everyone at Badger Bob’s go out of their way to make sure that you will be satisfied with your purchase. Thanks again guys for the excellent service.

Lyssa M.

I recommend this company highly. Exceptional communication. Very professional, with a personal touch. Work was done fast, I was notified continuously, I couldn’t have asked for better treatment!

Laura T.

Great business and professionalism. Called prior to arrival which helped die to my work schedule. After having my AC shutoff for 2 days and another company didn’t do anything for me other than tell me i needed new coils. Badger Bobs came in re-gassed my AC (with coolant) and then came back to check for leaks and none were found. Thank goodness for going to a second company!!

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