Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Last month the floods caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The well-being 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 stay safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outside AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to avoid the equipment from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision 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. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, confirm there are no signals 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 304-760-5088 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the equipment 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 Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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