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 kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The safety 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 tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, make sure there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. 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 303-647-5853 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered 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 find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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