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. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the rains caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during dangerous storms should absolutely take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family are safe. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the system from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If you reside in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To get started, confirm there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 251-202-7503 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert 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 tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long.

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