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 kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the floods caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare 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 remain unharmed. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to keep the equipment from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can protect your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, 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 safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request expert help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system 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 starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, make sure there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to check and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 330-305-2799 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent 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 membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.

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