Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the floods wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family are safe. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outside AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the system from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the equipment 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 really stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like 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 protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, verify there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 804-548-4480 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe working, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible 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 tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.

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