Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused destruction for our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during dangerous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly attached to prevent the equipment from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 330-236-4793 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment checked 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 prevent mold from getting into the system 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 heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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