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 starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends 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 when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If you live 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 air conditioning 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 happens during a storm, but you can safeguard 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 shut off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, 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 clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To get started, verify there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to evaluate and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 239-908-6991 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. 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 your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips 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 Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order through all the seasons.

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