Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the floods caused devastation for our family 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 stay safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly attached 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 keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can protect your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as 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 shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request expert 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, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, confirm there are no signs of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 937-503-7896 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe function, 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 recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Stevenson 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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