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 starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the storms caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous 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 are safe. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and seek professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn 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, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To get started, make sure there are no signals of damage and remove 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 air conditioning system. Call 801-871-8425 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If your system has had 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 HVAC system in working order all year long.

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