Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Last month the floods caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly secured to prevent the system from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your expert technician about securing your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a jump 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 comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system 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

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, confirm there are no signals of damage and remove any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 407-329-7661 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe working, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.

If your system has had 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 ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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