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South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme – high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in Seabrook Island, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.

With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.

We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with our work, we’ll do our part to make it right.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • We have been serving clients in South Carolina since 1983 – before many of our clients were even born!
  • We provide a wide range of HVAC services for both heating and air conditioning.
  • We are committed to giving our clients the highest quality products and services at affordable prices.
  • As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the best HVAC units available.
  • We are members of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.
  • We are members of our local Chamber of Commerce and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

If you need a trusted AC repair company in Seabrook Island, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

Air Conditioning Repair in Seabrook Island, SC

Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know – having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.

In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it’s time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn’t matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought – we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.

Here are just a few of the AC issues that our talented team can help solve for you:
Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner’s components.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment’s ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn’t blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Heater Keeps Running

This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to “auto.” If that doesn’t work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Burning Odors

It’s normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn’t been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Broken Air Conditioning Compressor Fan

This fan plays an important role in your AC unit’s heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won’t be able to cool your home off in the summer when it’s needed the most.

Our Special Offers

One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.

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If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don’t ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you’re in good hands.

Air Conditioning Install in Seabrook Island, SC

Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.

If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.

At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn’t have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in Seabrook Island.

Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.

Common Signs That You Need a New AC Install in Seabrook Island, SC

Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, “that sounds like my AC unit,” it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.

Strange Noises

Almost all air conditioners make a bit of low-level noise as they warm up and turn off. However, if you hear loud, unusual noises, it might be a sign that your air conditioner’s time is coming to an end. Buzzing and rattling noises are often indicators of a loose part. Grinding and whistling noises may mean something more serious is happening. Because these issues won’t dissipate over time, it’s crucial to have your air conditioner examined if you hear loud, strange noises.

Frequent Repairs

Seabrook Island AC repair is essential for keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense from a cost perspective to install a replacement system. This is especially true if your repairs are racking up. Some AC experts suggest using the “$5,000 rule” if you’re considering a new AC install. Simply multiply the age of your air conditioner by the costs you have been paying to repair your unit. If that amount is over $5,000, it may make more financial sense to install a new air conditioner rather than pay for expensive repairs throughout the year.

Higher Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bill has significantly increased in price, it could be a sign that your HVAC unit is struggling to cool your home effectively. Try to be mindful of your air conditioner’s cooling cycles. If you notice frequent cycles, even in the summer, it could be the reason for your increased energy bill. In these cases, it’s best to have an expert test your system to see if a repair or replacement option is best for your family.

Age of Air Conditioning Unit

This sign is a no-brainer and one of the easiest ways to tell if you need to install a new AC system. On average, your HVAC unit will have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old and doesn’t have the “pizzaz” that it once had, it might be time to think about installing a new air conditioning unit.

R-22 Refrigerant

Old air conditioners usually require a type of refrigerant called R-22. This substance is very harmful to the environment and has been all but outlawed on newer HVAC systems. If your AC unit is old enough to require R-22, you should give serious thought to replacing your system with a newer, environmentally friendly solution.

Call Action Heating & Air Conditioning Today!

Over our 35+ year history, we have built our reputation on honesty, skilled workmanship, and reasonable pricing. If you are on the hunt for the highest quality air conditioning repair in Seabrook Island, SC, give our office a call today.

Call us at (843) 890-0532

Protecting Your Investment

Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.

As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in Seabrook Island, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn’t grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.

If you’re having second thoughts about purchasing an extended warranty, consider these points:
  • Generally speaking, HVAC equipment lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, warranties provided by the factory will often expire before the service life of your cooling unit is over. With an extended warranty, your indoor comfort system is covered even if the factory warranty expires.
  • Having an extended warranty on your AC system gives you the chance to project and plan for any HVAC costs. This helps you balance your budget and anticipate expenses so you aren’t caught off guard. Having a warranty will also help protect your budget against increases in labor and parts costs due to inflation.
  • If you’re thinking of selling your home, having an extended warranty may help raise your home’s value. You may also be able to transfer your extended warranty to your new home if you choose to do so.

Latest News in Seabrook Island

Veterans Day Golf Charity Tees Off 10th Outing

By The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club for The Island ConnectionThe Seabrook Island Club and the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club will be sponsoring its 10th annual Veterans Day charitable golf outing on Monday, Nov. 8 to honor veterans who have served the country and raise money to support the Ralph Johnson Veterans Hospital and the Friends of Fisher House. The event will be the biggest event yet with the addition of Seabrook Island Real Estate as a major contributor and both courses will be used. The event will be a captain’s choic...

By The Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club for The Island Connection

The Seabrook Island Club and the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club will be sponsoring its 10th annual Veterans Day charitable golf outing on Monday, Nov. 8 to honor veterans who have served the country and raise money to support the Ralph Johnson Veterans Hospital and the Friends of Fisher House. The event will be the biggest event yet with the addition of Seabrook Island Real Estate as a major contributor and both courses will be used. The event will be a captain’s choice scramble format beginning with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. Teams will be flighted for awards based on total team handicap. There will be pizza and drinks in the club house after play is completed. All Lowcountry residents are invited to participate. Team and individual registrations are welcomed. Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan will be participating as guests. The entry fee for Seabrook Island Club members is $70 plus cart fee. For non-club members, the fee is $120 — $50 of the entry fee will be set aside as a charitable contribution to the Ralph Johnson Veterans Hospital and Fisher House. You may register for the event by clicking sic-2021veteransdaygolfouting. golfgenius.com, calling the Seabrook Island Golf Shop at 843-768- 2529, or sending an email to golf@ discoverseabrook.com. If you cannot play in the event but would like to make a contribution, you can send a check to Alan Armstrong, 2427 Golf Oak Park, Seabrook Island SC 29455. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of Fisher House or the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Hospital.

If you have any questions, call Armstrong at 410-274-7545 or email alan9631@comcast.net.

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Earthquakes: A whole lot of shaking is going on in nearby Summerville

South Carolina experiences about 10 earthquakes each year. They usually register between less than 1 and up to 4.1 on the Richter Scale. With two dozen seismometers buried underground throughout the state, every tremor and quake are recorded. On Monday, September 27, at 12:49 p.m., USGS data reportedly detected a 2.9 magnitude earthquake located 5.6 miles north-northwest of Ridgeville in Dorchester County. In a video announcement, Dr. Steven Jaume, professor and geologist at the College of Charleston, reported that there was a second quake ...

South Carolina experiences about 10 earthquakes each year. They usually register between less than 1 and up to 4.1 on the Richter Scale. With two dozen seismometers buried underground throughout the state, every tremor and quake are recorded. On Monday, September 27, at 12:49 p.m., USGS data reportedly detected a 2.9 magnitude earthquake located 5.6 miles north-northwest of Ridgeville in Dorchester County. In a video announcement, Dr. Steven Jaume, professor and geologist at the College of Charleston, reported that there was a second quake minutes after the first one. He said that quake was a 2.0 magnitude aftershock. Nearly five hours later on that same day, at about 6:21 p.m., a third earthquake hit Dorchester County, this time in Summerville. This quake had a recorded magnitude 3.3 and occurred in the Wescott Golf Club off of Dorchester Road in Summerville. Residents throughout the Lowcountry, including portions of Berkeley County, reportedly felt the earthquake and hundreds of calls came in to local radio and television stations asking about it. No one has claimed any damage so far. No earthquakes were reported that day in Colleton County, but Colleton does sit on a fault line. Regardless, earthquakes are nothing new to this area. In 1886, Charleston experienced the worst earthquake in the entire eastern United States. Because of that incident, studies by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found that South Carolina sits on a fault line, particularly near Charleston and specifically along the neighboring city of Summerville. That means that surrounding counties are susceptible to quakes. According to geologists, the crust of the earth is like a factory. Old crust is constantly melted and new crust is being made, and the continents are always floating on a river of melted rock. This movement causes problems…namely earthquakes. Earthquakes occur when rocks under the earth’s surface are being squeezed together until they pop up or collapse down, or are pulled apart causing a break. They may also be shifted and slide or grind from side to side. Then the rocks break. It can sound like an explosion or sonic boom. The shifting rock may not be very powerful under the surface, but as everything above it shifts too, it grows in velocity and noise. The break in the rock can then be felt and heard. Rocks break and when the rocks move past each near the earth’s surface, it is called a faulting: coastal South Carolina sits on a fault line. Another one runs across the northern most part of Colleton County. Unfortunately, much of the Lowcountry sits on sandy soil which acts like a liquid during a quake, pushing buried cables and pipes above ground.

It’s going to happen again While scientists still can’t predict earthquakes, they do know one thing…if an earthquake happened once in a certain area, it will happen again. And if a quake of magnitude 6 or higher destroyed Charleston and surrounding counties once, another one will definitely occur again. According to Jaume, 70 percent of South Carolina earthquakes are located around Ravenel-Adams Run-Hollywood; at Middleton Place-Summerville; and in Bowman. The August 31, 1886 earthquake of Charleston occurred at 9:51 p.m., registered 7.6 on the Richtor Scale, was felt from N.Y. to Cuba, lasted 35 seconds, killed 110 people, caused $23 million in damage (or $158.48 million present day), damaged 14,000 houses and destroyed 90 percent of all brick structures. The two epicenters were located 21 miles northwest of Charleston and in Ravenel, say historians and geologists from USGS. While more recent earthquakes in the Lowcountry have not been as devastating as the 1886 quake, they have been felt and some have caused minor damage. According to Dr. Joyce Bagwell, affectionately known as the “Earthquake Lady,” another major quake is imminent for this area. “We are past due for another major quake. As time goes by, the probability of the Lowcountry experiencing a major earthquake grows,” said Bagwell in a 1993 conference. Bagwell headed the Earthquake Preparedness Department at Charleston Southern University and monitored seismic activity in South Carolina for the United States Geological Survey for more than 20 years until her death in March 2021.

In all, there have been 18 recorded and large earthquakes in or near Charleston since 1903, all of which caused damage. Just in August of this year, there have been six recorded earthquakes Across South Carolina, with four additional earthquakes recorded in September. Three of those four were in Summerville last week.

Recorded earthquakes On January 23, 1903, houses were shaken violently in South Carolina/Georgia border near Savannah. On April 19, 1907, a quake affected Charleston and went across a 26,000 square kilometer area. On June 12, 1912, a stronger earthquake caused damage to chimneys in Summerville, impacting an area of about 90,000 square kilometers. On January 1, 1913, the Union County area was shaken with cracks in many brick buildings and chimneys damaged. On September 22, 1914, an earthquake hit the Summerville area, with reports of walls being displaced in local buildings. On October 20, 1924, Pickens County was the epicenter of an earthquake that shook most of South Carolina and western North Carolina, northeastern Georgia, and eastern Tennessee. On July 26, 1945, an earthquake centered in Lake Murray, west of Columbia, and was felt in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. No damage was noted. On November 19, 1952, moderately strong shocks occurred near Charleston. On October 20, 1958, moderate earthquakes awakened residents in Anderson and caused cracked and fallen plaster in walls. On August 3, 1959, a quake caused minor damage in Charleston, Summerville, and Wadmalaw Island. Chimneys were damaged and walls cracked in homes. On March 12, 1960, the earthquake epicenter was off the coast of South Carolina, impacting Augusta. On April 20, 1964, a strong quake was felt in Florence, Lexington, and Richland Counties. On May 19, 1971, several windows were broken in Bowman and Orangeburg from a magnitude 3.4 earthquake. On July 13, 1971, two small shocks, about 3 hours apart, were felt in western South Carolina. On November 11, 2002, areas near Seabrook Island, South Carolina experienced a magnitude 4.4 earthquake. There were no reports of damage or injuries. On December 16, 2008, a 3.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Dorchester County. On Friday, February 14, 2014, an earthquake occurred in the midlands of SC. It was reported to have been a 4.1 earthquake.

Seabrook neighbors’ spat over drainage pipe decided by SC Supreme Court

SEABROOK ISLAND — A neighborly dispute over a drainage pipe made it all the way to the S.C. Supreme Court last year, and justices recently decided the yearslong case will be resolved with just $1,000 in damages.It’s not uncommon for neighbors in the flood-prone Lowcountry to clash over drainage issues, but few cases make it to the state’s highest court.The seeds of the legal conflict were sown in 2002, when Paul Dennis McLaughlin and Susan Rode McLaughlin bought a lot on the island to build a home there, accor...

SEABROOK ISLAND — A neighborly dispute over a drainage pipe made it all the way to the S.C. Supreme Court last year, and justices recently decided the yearslong case will be resolved with just $1,000 in damages.

It’s not uncommon for neighbors in the flood-prone Lowcountry to clash over drainage issues, but few cases make it to the state’s highest court.

The seeds of the legal conflict were sown in 2002, when Paul Dennis McLaughlin and Susan Rode McLaughlin bought a lot on the island to build a home there, according to court documents. Their lot, like that of neighbors Richard Ralph and Eugenia Ralph, had a “no-build zone” with an underground, corroded drainage pipe.

A different drainage line on the golf course next door was installed that same year. The McLaughlins then spent the next six years talking to the island’s Property Owners Association about whether they could build on the section of their plot with the old pipe. They finally got permission to do so, and in 2008 told builders to remove their portion.

The Ralphs, however, protested that the corroded line was still helping to drain their yard of rainfall. When the McLaughlin’s section was removed, the Ralphs said flooding on their property got worse.

Ainsley Tillman, an attorney for the Ralphs, said the couple’s yard has ponding after it rains, and the standing water has drowned trees on the property.

That’s what led the couple to file their original suit, claiming trespass and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and asking for hundreds of thousands in damages. After a trial they were awarded just $1,000; despite winning, they appealed the amount of the court’s award.

An appeals court agreed there could be a new trial only over the amount of damages awarded. That’s the decision the state Supreme Court reversed on March 17 in a unanimous decision that reinstated the $1,000 payout and ended the case.

Tillman said her clients feel $1,000 is inadequate. Additionally, the legal fees the Ralphs spent so far “have not been insignificant,” Tillman said, but she declined to say exactly how big the bill was.

Hamlin O’Kelley, an attorney for the McLaughlins, declined to comment on the case and said his clients also would not comment.

But the saga may not be over: Tillman said the Ralphs are deciding whether they will ask the Supreme Court to re-hear the case, as they hope for a higher damage amount.

“When you are deciding whether or not to pursue an appeal in a case, they weigh the cost of litigation against the damage to your property,” Tillman said. “That’s kind of the balancing test.”

Sea turtle nesting season begins in SC; first nest spotted on Seabrook Island

SEABROOK ISLAND — A few days into sea turtle nesting season and volunteers on Seabrook Island have spotted the state’s first loggerhead nest.The season began May 1 and runs through the end of October.Beachgoers can help sea turtles in the Palmetto State this season by keeping the beaches clean, giving the animals space and turning off beachfront lights to avoid disorientation.Sea turtle volunteers Sandy MacCoss and Lucy Hoover found the state’s first nest of the season May 5 on Seabrook, about 20 miles ...

SEABROOK ISLAND — A few days into sea turtle nesting season and volunteers on Seabrook Island have spotted the state’s first loggerhead nest.

The season began May 1 and runs through the end of October.

Beachgoers can help sea turtles in the Palmetto State this season by keeping the beaches clean, giving the animals space and turning off beachfront lights to avoid disorientation.

Sea turtle volunteers Sandy MacCoss and Lucy Hoover found the state’s first nest of the season May 5 on Seabrook, about 20 miles south of Charleston. The nest was between two boardwalks and had 117 eggs.

“We’re thrilled to be the first in the state, and we’re very excited about the upcoming season,” said Jane Magioncalda, a co-leader of the turtle patrol.

More than 100 volunteers are on the patrol. They walk the beach each morning to see whether a mother turtle came up overnight to lay a nest. If there is evidence of a crawl, a team will probe the area to try and locate the nest.

Magioncalda said that volunteers will sometimes have to relocate the nest if it is below the high tide line and move it up to protect it.

“Then we mark it so that people don’t walk over it,” Magioncalda said. “And we also check those nests every single day during the season until they finally hatch, which is about 60 days after it’s been laid.”

Turtle patrol groups, like the ones on Seabrook and Kiawah islands, are instrumental in helping the state keep records of nests each season.

South Carolina wrapped up the 2020 sea turtle nesting season with about two-thirds more nests than the 10-year average.

Charlotte Hope, a biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said the average nests for the past 10 years was 3,324. DNR counted 5,560 nests in 2020.

There are four sea turtle species that nest on beaches in the Palmetto State: loggerhead, green, Kemp’s ridley and leatherback. All four are classified as endangered or threatened and are protected by the Endangered Species Act, plus local and state ordinances.

To further protect these animals, beachgoers are asked to observe them from a distance. People who harm or interfere with the turtles or their nests are subject to civil penalties of up to $25,000 and up to a year in prison, DNR said.

Single-use plastics, such as plastic bags and balloons, are common trash found on the beach and can cause harm or death if sea turtles mistake them for food. DNR recommends people avoid use of these items on the beach.

Many coastal cities and towns in the state have already banned packaging products considered environmentally harmful, like plastic bags.

Folks are also encouraged to boat cautiously, especially in small tidal creeks where sea turtles like to feed. And keep artificial lights off the beach at night during nesting season. This prevents nesting mothers and hatchlings from becoming disoriented.

Sea turtles depend on the brightest light at night to lead them to the water. That light is often the moon. But other lights, such as those coming from within and outside homes, can cause confusion.

Sick, injured or dead sea turtles and nest disturbances should be reported to DNR at 800-922-5431.

South Carolina's 1st sea turtle nest of 2021 season located in Charleston County

SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — South Carolina's first sea turtle nest of the 2021 season has been found right in Charleston County!On Wednesday, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists and volunteers announced that a mother loggerhead laid the first nest of the season overnight on Seabrook Island."Our staff and nest protection volunteers have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the season’s first nest marking the return of these ancient reptiles," said SCDNR biologist Michelle Pa...

SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — South Carolina's first sea turtle nest of the 2021 season has been found right in Charleston County!

On Wednesday, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists and volunteers announced that a mother loggerhead laid the first nest of the season overnight on Seabrook Island.

"Our staff and nest protection volunteers have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the season’s first nest marking the return of these ancient reptiles," said SCDNR biologist Michelle Pate, who oversees the agency's sea turtle nesting program. "We're hopeful for a great season under the watchful eyes of our dedicated volunteer network members."

The nest was found by volunteers Sandy MacCoss and Lucy Hoover, who first located a crawl left by the mother sea turtle.

In 2020, 5,560 nests were laid. The year prior broke all records with 8,795 nests, but 2018 saw just 2,767 nests. Officials said female sea turtles do not come ashore to lay eggs each year, citing the high energy toll of nesting.

Each clutch averages 120 eggs, which typically hatch after about 60 days.

SCDNR provided the following tips for beachgoers and boaters to help keep sea turtles safe:

Report all sick/injured/dead sea turtles and nest disturbances to the SCDNR at 1-800-922-5431 so that staff/volunteers can respond as soon as possible.

Respect boating laws and boat cautiously, especially in small tidal creeks where sea turtles like to feed. Boat strikes have emerged as the leading cause of death for sea turtles in South Carolina.

Keep artificial lights off the beach at night during nesting season – this includes beachfront property lights and flash photography, which can disorient nesting mothers and hatchlings.

Always respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance on the beach. Individuals that violate federal law by harming or interfering with sea turtles or their nests can be subject to civil penalties of up to $25,000 and up to a year’s imprisonment.

Keep our beaches and ocean clean by avoiding single-use plastics. Plastic bags and balloons are among the most common trash items found on South Carolina beaches and can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for food.

Promote and support our program for continued conservation of sea turtles in South Carolina.

The nesting season officially runs from May 1 through October 31, with hatchings usually beginning at the start of July.

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