You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the rains caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during treacherous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Check out these tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Secure Your Air Conditioning
Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the system from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are 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 professional technician about securing your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable 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 HVAC equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, make sure there are no signals of damage and remove any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 318-588-8163 for a system inspection if seems like there is 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 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.