Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the storms wreaked havoc on our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family are safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioning

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can protect your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, make sure there are no signals of damage and remove any debris from around the system. Try to check and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 330-235-1260 for an equipment 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 a professional to ensure safe working, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on ASAP 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 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 air conditioning system in working order all year long.