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. In August the rains wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during treacherous 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 remain unharmed. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the air conditioner from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you reside in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really avoid the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) 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 turn off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek a technician’s 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 time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn 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, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, confirm there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. Try to evaluate and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 540-302-8645 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, 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 find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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