Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can protect your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as a furnace, 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 HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, verify there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. Try to examine and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 925-384-1303 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your 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 Freschi Service Experts and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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