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. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the storms caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during treacherous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the system from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you reside in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your AC 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. Install 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 a spike in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request expert help if you are not familiar with 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 cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To begin, make sure there are no signs of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 512-592-3072 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Strand Brothers Service Experts and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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