Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the rains caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during dangerous storms should always take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family are safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can protect your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn 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. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with 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 heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, verify there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 239-908-6991 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, 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 find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order through all the seasons.

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