Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Last month the floods wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during hazardous storms should always take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down 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 hurt. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, confirm there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 901-235-1196 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent 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 learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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