Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. In August the storms caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety of your family during dangerous storms should always take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To get started, make sure there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 623-243-4517 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Bob Brown Service Experts and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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