Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the storms caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The welfare 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 make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the system from going up in the air or washing away in a storm. If you are in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical 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 actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield 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 an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect 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 a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 315-313-6531 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent 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 Falso Service Experts and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order through all the seasons.

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