Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. In August the floods caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the system from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) 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 protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment 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, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 613-817-1591 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional to ensure safe function, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, 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 membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long.

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