Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the storms wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during treacherous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the system from going airborne 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 professional technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help safeguard 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 comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and verify 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 prevent 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 membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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