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 kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during dangerous storms should absolutely take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family are safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get 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 an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off 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, ensure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, confirm there are no signals of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 954-736-4314 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, 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 learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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