Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. In August the storms wreaked havoc on our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety of your family during dangerous storms should absolutely 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 cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be installed 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 produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the equipment 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 really prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request 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 time allows, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, confirm there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to check and confirm there is no visible 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 equipment. Once you’ve had the system checked by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, 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 membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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