Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the floods caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should always 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. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you reside in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner 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 actually stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, make sure there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 239-908-6991 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional to ensure safe working, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.

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