Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during hazardous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly anchored to keep the air conditioner from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment 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 literally stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, 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 protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek a technician’s 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 time permits, shut down your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 303-647-5749 for an equipment 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 working, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict 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 ask about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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