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 starts the hurricane season. As 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 treacherous 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 stay safe. Check out these tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored 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 air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system 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, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like 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 air conditioning 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

Your family and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system 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 starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, make sure there are no signals of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 386-310-2061 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by a technician to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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