Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the rains wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. See our tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about securing your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request expert help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, verify there are no signs of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 289-273-2229 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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