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 starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the storms wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should invariably be 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 recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek 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, turn off your HVAC 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 clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, confirm there are no signals of damage and clean any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 226-270-1164 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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