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 starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the rains caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during dangerous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to avoid the system from going up in the air 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 air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC 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 seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 601-852-3105 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe function, 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 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 Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.

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