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 starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the storms caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take 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. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep 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 AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard 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 professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find 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 clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To begin, make sure there are no signals of damage and clean any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. 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 an expert to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions 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 HVAC system in working order all seasons long.

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