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, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the floods caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during perilous 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 remain unharmed. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the equipment from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you reside in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the system 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 actually 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 large appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off 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. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 352-414-4006 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately 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 suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long.

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