Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the floods wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Check out these tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the system 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 AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling 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 a jump in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and seek professional 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 time allows, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 330-269-7235 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long.

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