Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the rains caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during treacherous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

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

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To begin, make sure there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 321-428-7635 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If your system has had 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 through all the seasons.

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