Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms
You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. The safety of your family during hazardous storms should always 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 remain unharmed. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.
Attach Your Air Conditioner
Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to prevent the equipment from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t literally prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.
Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, verify there are no indications of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 866-397-3787 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system checked by a technician to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your equipment 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 & Plumbing and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.
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