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. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the rains caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous 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. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the system from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like 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 protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system 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

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, make sure there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 518-417-2938 for an AC 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 function, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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